WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING

“Human Trafficking involves the transportation of persons in the UK in order to exploit them by the use of force, violence, deception, intimidation, coercion or abuse of their vulnerability”.

 

 

From the migrant who cannot speak the language, to the child or young person who has been abused or is feeling neglected, Human Traffickers are watching and waiting!

 

 

What Jackie Georgiou of Joy Magazine has to say about Human Trafficking:
“Global Statistics 27 Million people have been victims of modern day slavery (Not For Sale Campaign). 2 to 4 Million people are victims of trafficking at any given time. (International Labour Organization) Most trafficking victims are girls between 5 to 15 years of age. (Unicef) 1.2 Million children are trafficked each year. (Unicef) Half of those children are African. (World Hope International, 2008) It is a business that makes 49 to 70 billion Rand every year (U.S. $7 to 10 Billion). (United Nations), there are no figures available in the UK as yet.”

The process of trafficking

Sometimes young people are told there are well paid jobs available, even if they have no experience or have difficulty with the language. They are lured from their homes with the promise of work.  Sometimes it is people in positions of trust, such as parents and carers who collude with the trafficker because they are desperate for money, while in other situations, the victims are so desperate they think it is a good opportunity. The traffickers use all kinds of wiles and manipulative tactics to get people to comply, and once they have them under their wing, that is when they take hold and the slavery starts.  Some traffickers put adverts in newspapers promising good jobs, training and accommodation. The opportunity offered doesn’t exist and young people are tricked into child sexploitation and bonded labour

 

A snapshot of Human Trafficking around the world
10 x countries account for 76% of 29.8 million victims of human trafficking, an they are China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh and Myanmar. 50% of modern slaves are in Asia with 16% of trafficking victims in Central Asia and Europe are children. Greece is known as ‘the centre of trafficking in Europe. A primary destination and transit country for human trafficking, Greece is the primary gateway for trafficked victims to enter the European Union, host to 90% of all EU illegal immigration.
Did you know that Ukraine is one of the source countries for trafficked women, and is currently one of the largest exporters of women not just to the European Union, but also to the Middle East and South East Asia? The Traffickers have made a lot of money off of Ukrainian and Russian women who have been considered the most valuable in the international sex trade. Bulgaria is another source country for human trafficking as is Ireland.

Why can’t they get away!

A lot of the times, young people who are vulnerable, are so because they either don’t speak the language, are in trouble with the law, have no family network, have no money, no home, no friends. If their language is poor, they are usually promised a job despite of it but told they need to surrender their passport first and their id, once they have surrendered their ID and other valuable documents for ‘safe keeping’, they are enslaved. They would be deemed as illegal as they have no proof of their legal status, and this makes them frightened and compliant, and subsequently subject to abuse. Because they can’t prove who they are, it makes them scared to go to the police or ask for help. They have been led to believe the system is against them and so they remain in a downward spiral of abuse and betrayal.  The police have been known to not see it as a ‘police matter’ unless they are willing to report, but victims are afraid to report just in case an arrest is not made, which leaves them in danger.
Once the trafficker has them under their wing, they tell them they owe them money for putting them up, amounts they know the victims do not have, and therefore the victims end up working for nothing in cruel conditions – often embarrassed and ashamed, they end up suffering alone

 

How can you help?
Keep an eye out! There is no need to approach or get involved with traffickers, they are dangerous people, but if you see repetitive processes where young people are herded around by a group of characters on a regular basis, alert the police, and let them take over.  Traffickers tend to follow a pattern, so see if you notice it.
What else can you do help alleviate, prevent and rescue victims of trafficking? You can help by supporting us, educating yourself so as you are aware and not what to look out for, and spreading the word - let others know what is happening. You can also invite us to speak at your school, organisation, business or church.

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SOME KEY ORGANISATIONS, AGENCIES & SERVICES WHO ARE KEEN  TO PARTNER WITH TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

  • HOME OFFICE
  • METROPOLITAN POLICE
  • LSCB
  • NSPCC
  • THE SAMARITANS
  • THE BRITISH RED CROSS
  • VICTIM SUPPORT
  • UNCHOSEN
  • BEDFORSHIRE POLICE
  • SALVATION ARMY
  • HEALTH SERVICES (GPs)
  • BEDFORDSHIRE AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY
  • CAPRECON
  • A21
  • STOP THE TRAFFIK
  • DR BARNARDO’S
  • UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS & CRIME (UNDOC)
  • BLACK - BRIGHT NEWS