What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is: the unlawful act of transporting or coercing people in order to benefit from their work or service. It often comes in the form of forced labour or sexual exploitation.
It is one of the fastest growing crimes in Europe.
As it entraps its victims, it represents a modern form of the old worldwide slave trade.
Modern slavery is increasingly used to cover a wide range of human rights violations,
including sexual exploitation, forced labour, debt bondage, domestic servitude, the sale and
exploitation of children and forced marriage.
Human trafficking is all around us
It is happening all around us as much as we may not want to believe it. We need to be aware of human trafficking and not turn a blind eye to its existence.
How can we identify it?
Possible signs that someone has been trafficked can include, if a person:
acts as if instructed by another, as though they are forced or coerced to carry out specific activities
has little or no contact with family or loved ones
has threats made against self or family members
is distrustful of authorities
demonstrates signs of lacking self esteem, seems anxious, shows bruising or untreated medical conditions
seems to be bonded by debt or has money deducted from his/her salary
is not in possession of his/her own legal documents