Human Traffiking and Exploitation
Spot the Signs
What to look for if you suspect a client is a victim of human trafficking:
Appearance of being denied food, water or sleep
Physical signs of bruising, scarring, burns etc..
Appears unusually anxious
Presence of an overly controlling ‘boyfriend’ or ‘family member’
When asked questions client appears unsure, frightened to speak and not telling the truth, having restricted or scripted answers
Fear of making eye contact
Distrust or fear of law enforcement
Trying to act older than appears
False ID or does not have access to their passport, ID, or work documents
Misinformation about medical history
Does not know their home or work address
Has no control of their finances
Who to call
If the client is in immediate danger call the PSNI 999
There are also helplines you can call to report any cases of human trafficking. If a client is uncomfortable about contacting the police you can contact the helplines below whilst they are with you.
Modern Slavery Helpline - 24/7 0800 121 700
NSPCC - Protection from child traffiking advice and support group
No More Traffik - Information and how to spot the signs of human traffiking.
STOP APP - Anonymous, confidential and secure app to report any suspected incidents of human traffiking available to download onto your phone. Available in seven languages.