What is trafficking?

Trafficking involves moving people with a view to exploiting them which may include sexual violence, bonded labour, and servitude.  Those who are trafficked usually have little or no choice in what happens to them.  They are often controlled by threats of and the use of violence against them and/or their family, or through debt bondage.  Some people are trafficked into and then around the UK.

Trafficking can have a wide range of mental, emotional and physical impacts on people who have experienced/are experiencing it.  Trafficked people may experience extreme emotional stress, including shame, grief, fear, distrust and suicidal thoughts.  Survivors often experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute anxiety, depression and insomnia.

If you or someone you know has been affected by trafficking there is support available.

Where to go for help

Salvation Army
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
Unseen UK is a charity established to disrupt and challenge human trafficking at all levels.

Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU)
All enquiries for the Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU), including referrals to the National Referral Mechanism and operational tactical advice on any human trafficking related matter can be directed to:

Telephone: 08447 782406 / Fax: 08704 965534

A 24/7 tactical advice capability is available from this telephone number.

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