Signs and Symbols Used by Human Traffickers in the United States and How to Save Yourself?


Attention Ladies and everyone else as a matter of fact. 

No one is coming to save us! There is no way to escape from this except being super aware of your surroundings and to trust your instinct. You always know when and who around you is safe or dangerous, Right? That’s what will help you save yourself. Why? The world is getting worse. There is more danger in the outside world than ever before. The predators are finding newer ways to get you and it is impossible to understand what may be their next step. Latterly, we are seeing testimony from people of every age, race and ethnicity talking about how they escaped kidnapping and sex trafficking when they went out for shopping. Every other video on TikTok is about how they came across human traffickers and what saved them. 

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is at its peak. There are people watching you at every point and that’s how crazy this country is going. The so-called powerful nation is a sore loser when it comes to people’s safety. It’s time you be aware of your surroundings and protect yourself and your family from predators. They are just like you and I. They pass by you, ask you for help in a grocery store, or just follow you around in a parking lot and inside Walmart and Target, or may knock on your door and want to check your internet connection. That’s how much it takes for them to get you. If you are a kind person in this dangerous world, you are most likely getting kidnapped in the middle of the day. This is not a place for nicer people anymore! 

This blog is not to scare you. This is to educate you so you know what’s going on around and how can you save yourself. Incidents are reported from Texas, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia and other state.

First off, stop being nice to strangers. Your surrounding isn’t a great place to show your kinder side. Save it for your family and parents but get tougher in public, to people you don’t know. 

Secondly, Always have the benefit of doubt – People here are already capable enough to help themselves. Even then if you see someone asking for help and pushing you to do it for them, DON’T! 

Mostly, early mornings and late nights are the dangerous time for you to go anywhere alone. Keep your eyes wide open. Have a friend or family accompany you or keep your people informed about where you are going and how long it may take to get back, for safety reasons. 

So how do you know you are being watched or you are the next target? 

While we had tons of women speaking up about their experiences, we found out a few things that are commonly used by human traffickers to tag you. Here are some of the tactics that’s being used by human traffickers. It has been reported by women across social media and also comes from a police officer on TikTok, NIKKI, who is a mother, and now a savior for all of us. Pay attention to each one of them because it can save your life and someone else’s too.

  1. ZIP TIES on handles and windshield

What human traffickers do is they will go around to Vehicles when they see people ALONE and they will put zip ties on your door handles, on your windshield wipers, on your mirrors. They do this to alert and show other human traffickers because this is a ‘big ring’. 


ALERT * Zip tie on car door handle: for human trafficking #alert #humantraffickingawareness #daryllawsonlive #daryllawson

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There are tens of thousands of human traffickers involved in a ring and this is like a sign or symbol to other human traffickers that – “hey we targeted this person,  this person is traveling alone”. So if you see any zip ties or plastic bags or anything abnormal ties to your car, wear gloves and cut that thing off immediately.

  1. Napkins above your door handle 

if you see a napkin shoved in your door handle of your car do not touch it. It is more than likely someone put that napkin there and it’s going to have some type of drug or narcotic that will cause you to become disoriented and may cause you to pass out. So if you see this call law enforcement and do not touch it. 


A Houston woman was hospitalized after touching a poison-laced napkin placed in her car door. Police are warning others to be on the lookout. #napkin

♬ original sound – edwardmalone7

Save this on your speed dial – 

  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888 OR Text 233733
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year
  1. Don’t leave your kids alone 

You have kids? Stop walking away from them at the grocery store. Not for a minute, not for a second. Just because they’re in the car does not mean that they are safe and secure. Do not walk away from them and leave them alone. Parking areas are the most dangerous place where they wait in their vans. Stop making it easy for predators to plot on you. 

Do not leave kids alone even while you unload your groceries into your trunk from your cart. Unload your groceries into your car, seat your baby in her/his place and then seat yourself. Most of the time you seat your kids first and unload your groceries which makes it easier for predators to get them as you are busy, vision is deviated and doors are unlocked. 

  1. Strangers asking for help inside the store

There are predators walking around the stores who look like you and I. If you notice someone is following you for a long time, asking for help to lift something or take it to their car because it is too heavy. Call the ascorsts. It is no time to be nice to anyone anymore.

The predator can be men, women, old men and women of any race and ethnicity. Inform the store manager or seek help from someone from the store. If you are alone and scared, scream louder so someone comes for help or be in a place where there are more people.. 

  1. Stranger calling “MARCO” in Target stores

MARCO is a code word used by human traffickers. It has been heard by customers in Target more often and it is suspicious.. If you hear someone yelling MARCO, seek help. Ask for an escort to help you till your car and reach home asap. Be on call with someone while you are on your way back home. Check if someone’s following your vehicle. 

  1. Suspicious AirTag device attached to your car

Yes, human traffickers are working hard to get you. When in doubt that someone might be following you, check your car. Look for any kinda devices that might be attached to your car or beneath the surface. It is either to steal your car or to get you or your kids. To all the super dads, make it a routine to check your wife’s and daughter’s car.. It is usually found behind the number plate or underneath the car. 

  1. Ladies coming to you being casual and asking personal info

They are here to know if you are alone. That’s it. Never tell anyone you are alone in the store. Never give your real name, never smile too much to a stranger. Because today when we proudly say women empower women, we also need to be aware that women are more likely to be kidnapped by another woman, because it is easy to get closer to them and talk to. So who do we trust then? No one! 

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Whether you want to believe it or not human trafficking is happening everywhere. In 2022, it’s on peak. Every other woman is experiencing the danger. It doesn’t matter if you live in a high-income area or a low-income area, It is happening everywhere and nobody is safe from it so be aware and keep your eyes open. 

Human trafficking is going to another level. I write this because I care. I care for my women, mothers and lil girls. This world isn’t a nice place. Get bolder like a fighter because our journey to exist goes through being a fighter. 

Stay safe and comment below if you need more info or help. 


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