If someone has forced or tricked you to do anything you are not comfortable with, you may be a victim of human trafficking. Human trafficking is more common than many people think; there are at least 5000 victims in the UK.
Human trafficking includes the threat or use of force, coercion, deception and abuse of power to control another person, for the purpose of exploitation.
Exploitation can include:
- sexual exploitation for example, forcing someone to have sex for money
- forced labour for example, forcing someone to work long hours, in hard conditions and to hand over most if not all of their wages
- domestic servitude for example, forcing someone to perform household tasks such as child care and house-keeping over long hours and for little if any pay
- trafficking people in order to use their internal organs for transplant without their permission
Both adults and children can be trafficked, and they can come to the UK from other countries or they can be moved within a country, for example from Manchester to Bristol.
If this is happening to you, there are things you can do to help keep yourself safe. Click here to find out how.
People who can help
If you are scared that you might be trafficked, or you have already been trafficked, it is not your fault and there are local and national services that can provide support.
If someone is at immediate risk ring the Police on 999.
A 24 hour confidential helpline for people who may be victims of trafficking and for anyone concerned about people they think may be victims of trafficking.
0300 303 8151 – 24/7 referral line
Unseen UK is a charity established to disrupt and challenge human trafficking at all levels.
UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC)
Provides information about trafficking and relevant legislation.
0844 778 2406 – 24/7 tactical advice line
If you are a victim of a crime or have information about a crime, you can contact CRIMESTOPPERS and give this information. You can contact them anonymously if you choose.
0800 555 111
Two years ago everything changed. I was trafficked. I was deceived by a man who said that he loved me. Now I know that love is not shown by forcing me to work on the streets. I managed to escape my situation with help from a support agency and now I feel a lot more in control of my life.