It is estimated that during the years of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade 12 million people were enslaved. Today, the estimate is 27 million worldwide. Some of those slaves are working in nail salons, and one nail tech has had enough.
One reason human trafficking can go undetected is because victims often don’t speak English. Polaris Project lists other common “red flags” that raise suspicion:
> Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
> Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
> Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
> Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
> High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
> Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
> Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
> Avoids eye contact
If you suspect a person is a victim of human trafficking, call the Polaris Project Hotline at (888) 373-7888.