BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Human trafficking has been called domestic violence on steroids – and experts say the psychological bond between a victim and their trafficker is very difficult to break.

Natasha Guynes, founder and president of Her Resiliency Center, joined Fox 45 Morning News to discuss what to look for if you suspect someone is being trafficked.

Guynes said that often trafficking victims can be tricked into staying in a bad situation.

“The trauma bond keeps them connected… it becomes like a connection to that person, and over time you begin to believe that you want to be doing it,” said Guynes.

She also said that if you suspect trafficking, there are certain signs you can look for – noting that minors are often victims, and are never able to consent to sex.

“If you’re an adult, are there documents being held by somebody else? Do they have to defer to somebody else before they can speak? Do they all live together? Are the living conditions poor? There are signs like that,” said Guynes.

If you suspect human trafficking, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

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