Camden, N.J. – In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Jan. 11, Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer is highlighting ways to identify potential cases and the resources available for those who need it.

“Human trafficking is a complex crime that often hides in plain sight. It’s something that people might look at and question why a victim didn’t leave, but it’s important to understand the psychological conditioning, abuse, and fear that victims are subjected to,” said Mayer. “That’s why it’s critical to help educate the public on signs to pick up on that could help save a victim’s life.”

Detectives said signs of a person being a victim of human trafficking include being extremely timid or not being allowed to speak for themselves or answer questions, never being left alone, not being able to answer where they live or where they’re headed, and not having personal possessions, such as their own identification.

Since human trafficking victims are often being moved around, hotel and truck or rest stop employees might have a higher chance of coming into contact with them.

“All of these signs might be present, but it doesn’t always mean a person is a victim of human trafficking,” said Mayer. “However, that’s what detectives and law enforcement are there for: to investigate and ensure there is no threat to someone’s safety. It’s better to speak up and report it than to question yourself, so we urge anyone who suspects someone is being trafficked to please report it immediately to their local police department.”

Listed below are some of the local and national resources available:

  • NJ Human Trafficking Task Force and Attorney General’s Office Hotline
    • 877-986-7534
  • Nevan Soumilas – Assistant Prosecutor and Human Trafficking Liaison for Camden County
    • 856-225-8400
  • Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline
    • 888-252-7233
  • Department of Homeland Security
    • 1-866-DHS-2-ICE Tip line
      1-800-973-2867 Duty agent
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
    • 973-792-3000 (New Jersey)
    • 1-800-CALL-FBI (Nationally)

Website Resources

If you’re a victim or know a victim who is in immediate danger and need help, please call 911.