LET’S STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING
RESCUEMISSION are working in more than 50 countries to stop human trafficking which is modern day slavery and involved millions of vulnerable people. Human trafficking involves “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or purchase of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. (UN). Human trafficking is the modern-day slavery and it takes on many forms today and may go unnoticed if no actions are taken and no concerted programme is implemented.
Human trafficking and modern slavery are thought to be amongst the most widespread crimes in the world, affecting millions of men, women and children each day. Often children and young people are trafficked into UK from other countries mainly from Vietnam, Nepal, Albania and Romania. Other are trafficked around in the UK and in other European countries. This activity is despicable and a shame to the human race and must be stopped.
RESCUEMISSION urge you to partner with us to stop this disgraceful activity. Let’s do it together! Although human trafficking can be difficult to recognise, we have put together information and advice to help you in taking the next steps to keep children and young people safe if you are suspicious. RESCUEMISSION are supporting the many young children, women and men to put their lives back together by engaging them in training, employment and rehousing.
THE STATISTICS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS ATROCIOUS
There are an estimated 20 – 45 million people ensnared in some form of slavery today mainly as a result of human trafficking. In the UK, it is estimated there are well over 136,000 victims of Modern Slavery but the figures could be more.
FORMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
There are many different forms of human trafficking. These include the following:
Other are trafficked for benefit fraud and to commit crimes such as begging, theft, working on cannabis farms or moving drugs. People caught up in the trafficking network often experience many types of abuse and neglect. Traffickers are known to use physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse as a form of control. Children and young people who are trafficked are also very likely to be physically and emotionally neglected and may be sexually exploited.
SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Everyone who wants to see human trafficking and modern slavery abolished can get involved. Recognizing the signs of trafficking can help give a voice to children, woman or a man because people who are trafficked are often confused, distress and afraid and may not understand that what’s happening to them is wrong. In many cases, they are so scared to speak out.
You might notice strange or unexpected things about someone. You must report these unusual things. The signs that might indicate that someone has been trafficked could include:
- spend a lot of time doing household chores
- have no access to their relatives – parents or siblings
- not be registered with a school or a GP practice
- be unsure which country, city or town they’re in
- live in low-standard accommodation
- rarely leave their house or have no time for playing
- have money or things you wouldn’t expect them to
- be orphaned or living apart from their family
- are reluctant or can’t share personal information or where they live
- be seen in inappropriate places like brothels or factories
- have injuries from workplace accidents
- give a prepared story which is very similar to stories given by other children.
“When I was 14, I was sent to UK to work as a domestic worker. On the first day a man came to the house where I was kept, raped me and beat me – I was scared. The man forced me to have sex with so many different men he brought to the house. It was horrible.
With the help of a neighbour, I managed to run away, but by this time, I was pregnant.
The police found me. I was given a place to stay in a hostel but I was taken to the Detention Centre, when I was seven months pregnant. My asylum claim was rejected and so I didn’t get any healthcare and social services support.
The church group I attended before I was taken to the Detection Centre helped me to find a lawyer who lodged an appeal. As a result, I was released just before giving birth.
Six months after giving birth, my baby and I were taken to another detention centre. I became terribly depressed. I felt being punished for nothing wrong that I had done.
In the end an organisation supporting trafficked people came and took me to their safe haven where I felt safe and receive lots of support”.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT TRAFFICKING?
People who are trafficked are deliberately hidden and secluded from communities and the various services such as schools, GPs hospitals, Social Services etc who can identify and protect them. If you’re worried about a child, a woman or man you can take steps to keep them safe by contacting the police on 999. You can contact the Modern Slavery Helpline to get help, report a suspicion or seek advice. Call 0800 012 1700 or fill in their online form.
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