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From European Freedom Network

Human trafficking and other forms of exploitation are all around us. Victims may be washing your car, painting your nails, picking your food, repairing your home, begging, working in prostitution.

How do you spot the signs?

These may indicate something is not right:.

  • The person is submissive or fearful.
  • The person shows signs of physical abuse.
  • The person does not have their identity papers.
  • The person appears to be under age but working in prostitution.
  • The person is begging when they should be in school.
  • The person is never left alone by their minder.
  • The person’s words seem scripted and rehearsed.
  • The person works incredibly long hours.
  • Their living conditions are cramped and horrible or they have to live with their employer.
  • They are paid little or nothing for their work.
  • They are in debt to their employer.
  • They or their family have been threatened.
  • You are purchasing a service that seems especially cheap.

Never endanger your own safety or that of the potentially trafficked person. Never go investigating in dangerous locations and especially never go alone. Keep well clear of a potential trafficker. Ask any questions discreetly and leave at the slightest hint of danger. Try to remember helpful details including date, time, location, description of the people and any vehicle.  Move to safety and take notes.  

There are 3 hot lines you can call:

  • Modern Slavery Helpline: 0800 0121 700
  • Police (Emergency): 999
  • Salvation Army National Referral System: 0300 3038151

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From the European Freedom Network, 25/10/2016

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