Sex trafficking is a diverse and complex crime. And it’s happening all over our city.


What is sex trafficking?

Sex trafficking occurs when someone uses force, fraud or coercion to cause a commercial sex act with an adult, or causes a minor to commit a commercial sex act.


What is a commercial sex act?

It includes prostitution, pornography or sexual performance done in exchange for any item of value, such as money, drugs, shelter, food or clothes.


Where does sex trafficking take place?

Sex trafficking exists within diverse and unique sets of venues and businesses, including:

  • Hotels and motels

  • Truck stops

  • Strip clubs

  • Taxi facilities

  • Airports

  • Homeless shelters

  • In public on city streets

  • Fake massage businesses

  • Escort services

  • Residential brothels

  • Hostess clubs


Not all sex trafficking operations are the same. However, some commonalities include a diverse network of traffickers, recruiters and operation heads.






Sex trafficking is a market-driven criminal industry—all reliant on supply and demand.



By not buying sex and not participating in the commercial sex industry, community members can reduce and remove the demand for sex trafficking—and give survivors a pathway toward freedom.





Warning signs that an individual may be being trafficked:

  • Minors traveling without adult supervision or with someone who speaks for them

  • Avoids eye contact; alone, unkempt, scared/crying, disheveled appearance

  • Physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts

  • Dressed inappropriately for weather or age

  • Offer to exchange sex for ride, meal, etc.

  • Fearful or anxious behavior if bringing up law enforcement

  • Signs of branding: initials, name, saying or symbol; may deny knowing meaning of the tattoo

  • Withdrawn, submissive, tense, nervous and paranoid

  • Does not know the person who is picking them up (on the street, at bus or train station)

  • Looks malnourished or exhausted

  • Has few or no personal belongings, may not have control of money or ID

  • Claims just visiting, traveling with relative, inconsistent story, inability to provide address or information where staying

  • Interacting with significantly older people (male or female), and sharing personal information online



Warning signs that an individual may be a trafficker:

  • Jealous, controlling and violent behavior

  • Significantly older than companions

  • Promise things that seem too good to be true

  • Encourage victims to engage in illegal activities to achieve their goals and dreams

  • Buys expensive gifts or owns expensive items

  • Is vague about his/her profession

  • Pushy or demanding about sex

  • Encourages inappropriate sexual behavior

  • Makes the victim feel responsible for his/her financial stability. Very open about financial matters.



If you have any information or tips regarding sex trafficking, you can safely submit a tip to Omaha Crime Stoppers.


Helpful info to include in your tip:

• Usernames

• Common locations where "parties" or "dates" are taking place

• Emails

• Phone numbers


Whether you leave a call or online tip, all tipsters will remain anonymous—and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest. Our enhanced reward is up to $10,000 for any tips that lead to an arrest for sex trafficking.




Together with the community, we can save lives and make Omaha an even safer, happier city.