How can I help?
Human trafficking is barbaric. It must be stopped. To do that, we need your eyes and ears to help identify it. Specialist police will deal with it from there.
1. Open your eyes.
Specialist police are equipped to tackle human trafficking. But to deal with it, it must be identified first. That’s where you come in. By being extra vigilant, we can all assist the police in combating the crime. Look around you. It could be happening anywhere. To help you spot it, click here to see the signs.
If you work willingly within the sex industry or are a customer, you may be more likely to encounter human trafficking victims than most people. If you know the signs, maybe you can help.
2. Seen something odd?
Human trafficking could be anywhere. It could be happening in a neighbouring house or street, a local business or farm. When you know the signs, you’re equipped to spot it and help stop it. You might however just have a feeling something isn’t quite right. Someone is acting strangely or you just have a hunch. Report it, don’t ignore it.
If you work in healthcare, social services, outreach, travel, transport or education you may be more aware of the problem and attuned to the signs. Call the UKHTC on + 44 (0) 114 252 3891 to see how we can improve your understanding and awareness and discover out what’s available for your particular area of concern.
Call Crimestoppers anonymously.
Time is critical when combating human trafficking. Traffickers are often on the move. Therefore if you see something suspicious, call Crimestoppers immediately, completely anonymously.
There’s no need to leave your name, just give as much detail as you can and leave the rest to specialist police. They’ll weigh up all the information and use their expertise and experience to make an assessment. They may then use any relevant information as part of their wider investigations and will take action when they’ve identified a victim. If you called your local police station direct and an investigation, arrests or prosecutions follow, you may be asked to make a statement.