One of the fastest growing crimes today is Human Trafficking. It is a lucrative business, with an estimated $150 billion dollars in profits generated each year. The financial industry uniquely positioned to combat this heinous crime. Below are some helpful indicators and resources to assist banks in their efforts to detect behavior that could indicate a human-trafficking situation.
How Can Banks Identify Human Trafficking Red Flags?
- Financial activity such as multiple employees being paid into a single account
- Wage receipt followed by rapid withdrawal or onward transfer into single accounts
- Unusual behavior inside of the bank, such as individuals avoiding cashiers or regularly depositing cash using branch automated machines
- No living expense transactions
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