Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
The United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime estimate there are 40 million – 46 million modern-day slaves in the world today, trapped in businesses, worth an estimated $150 billion every year. The price of life is at the lowest ever recorded; $90 - £100 buys a human being whilst destroying victims and families.
The Global Slavery Index claims 55% of those enslaved reside in the Commonwealth and there are a total of 136,000 victims of trafficking in the UK, vastly more than the United Kingdom Government’s 2014 assessment of 13,000.
The most common type of exploitation for adults in the UK was sexual exploitation, whilst for minors it was labour exploitation – with a sub category of criminal exploitation, most prominently in cannabis cultivation.
Victims are living in plain sight throughout the United Kingdom, too frightened to speak up, unable to run away, exploited, abused and in danger.
How to spot human trafficking
Is someone always watching them? Do they appear to be being instructed or controlled by someone? Do they have freedom of movement? Do they have injuries that appear to be the result of an assault? Do they live and work at the same address? Are they living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded conditions? Are they being controlled by a ‘boyfriend’? Are they in possession of their personal documents or ID? Is someone else in possession of these? Are they in contact with their family? Do they have limited social interaction?
Will they not look you in the eye or do they seem frightened? Do they always wear the same clothes? Do they look deprived, starving or neglected? Are their travel arrangements unusual? Are they unfamiliar with the local language?
Be mindful and aware of the signs and indicators of trafficking. Make a conscious effort to be more aware as you go through your daily life. Report anything suspicious.
What to do if you suspect human trafficking
Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700 – http://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org
Report any suspicions of human trafficking or seek advice anonymously
If you are a victim of trafficking and need assistance contact:
The Salvation Army 24-Hour Confidential Referral Helpline on 0300 3038151
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111 – Report a crime anonymously
If you have information or suspect there are victims of human trafficking in your community contact: The Metropolitan Police Helpline 0800 783 2589.
If you believe someone is a victim on human trafficking please contact 999 immediately
"Even when a victim has been identified and provided support, the estimated rate of re-trafficking and exploitation is still as high as 50%. Our mission is to close this gap as we believe Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity."
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