In recognition of World Day against Trafficking in Persons, we wanted to share some important information. Please take a look below and follow the links provided. 

Human trafficking is the movement of people by means such as force, fraud, coercion or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. It is a form of modern slavery. It is a booming international trade, making billions of dollars at the expense of millions of victims, who are robbed of their dignity and freedom. You may not have ever witnessed this crime or probably have not payed attention to it happening, but  it happens every day around us as

Human trafficking is a crime. It does not always involve international transportation. Trafficking in the UK includes commercial, sexual and bonded labour. Trafficked people have little choice in what happens to them and often suffer abuse due to violence and threats made against them or their families. In effect, they become commodities owned by traffickers, used for profit.

These three elements all form part of trafficking:

  • The act: recruiting, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons
  • The means: force, fraud, coercion, deception
  • The purpose: exploitation

In 2016, at any given time, an estimated 40.3 million people worldwide were in modern slavery. 

1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children

Women and girls account for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry

16 million people are exploited in the private sector including domestic work, construction and agriculture

Modern slavery is normally more prevalent among the most vulnerable or within minority or socially excluded groups

Spot It

Usually people who’ve been trafficked are:

  • lied to about what a job involves
  • brought from another country (but people can also be trafficked within the UK)
  • forced to work
  • monitored very closely by whoever they work for

All trafficking cases are different, but there are common signs. A victim of trafficking might:

  • have a lack of freedom
  • work for very little or no pay
  • seem to be in debt to someone
  • live in fear of someone or even the authorities
  • have signs of physical abuse, like cuts and bruises
  • move location regularly