Arizona Attorney General’s Office Combatting Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking. If you suspect it, report it.


It happens every day, in our community

Human trafficking is an enduring problem in Arizona. As a major transportation hub with endless conventions, tradeshows and major sporting events throughout the year, Arizona is a prime location for sex trafficking and recruiting. Not only do we need vigilance from the community to help stop the criminals doing it, but we need to help provide relief and assistance to victims.

Magnifying glass icon.Know what to look for

Becoming a victim of sex trafficking can happen to almost anyone. Sex traffickers prey on the vulnerable, regardless of age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or gender. Wherever people are, predators can lurk, looking to exploit children or vulnerable adults.

Here are common warning signs that can indicate someone may be a victim of sex trafficking:

  • Abusive or controlling “boyfriend,” “girlfriend” or family member
  • Appears fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive
  • Possesses new material items such as clothes, handbags, cellphones, or jewelry
  • Talks of traveling to other cities
  • Inability to explain how they make money
  • Lack of Identification documents and/or control of personal possessions
  • Inappropriate dress for age or surroundings
  • Indications of poor hygiene, fatigue, sleep deprivation
  • Signs of drug addiction, sexual trauma, self-harm
  • Malnourishment, excessive/unusual bruising, fractures, scars
  • Suspicious tattoos, marks, or branding (hands, neck, face)

If you suspect someone may be a victim of trafficking, please call 9-1-1.

To condition the victims during recruitment, 18% of the sex traffickers sexually assaulted and 19.8% physically assaulted their minor victims.

Map pinKnow where to look

Sex trafficking often occurs in plain sight. It can happen in our schools and parks. It can happen online and at shopping malls. It can happen almost anywhere. Common places sex traffickers may target or exploit their victims include:

  • Online, including social media and gaming platforms
  • Malls
  • Schools
  • Shelters
  • Parks
  • Detention centers
  • Bus depots/stops
  • Hotels/motels
  • Truck stops
  • Massage parlors
  • Strip clubs
  • Dating/Escort services
It is estimated that 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet.
Your child could be a target.


Better to report a concern than to ignore a crime.