Human trafficking is all around us. The problem is that it is too often hidden in plain sight. There are people walking round our streets, washing our cars, doing our nails, with invisible chains on, afraid to run and too frightened to shout for help.
How can I spot it? Look for significant signs:
Self-Esteem - Is the person lacking in self-esteem or do they seem anxious with an expression of fear?
Deception or coercion - Is there any evidence to suggest deception or coercion may be taking place?
Control - Does the person act as if instructed by another? There may be control over their movement, either as an individual or part of a group.
Threats - Have there been threats against the individual or their family members? There may be signs of psychological trauma.
Legal Documents - Is the person in possession of their legal documents? They may be held by somebody else.
Medical Care - Does the person need any medical care? Access to this care may have been prevented.
Debt - Does the person perceive to be bonded by debt or is money deducted from their salary for food or other costs?
Trust - Is the person distrustful of authorities? Victims may fear being handed over to them.
Family Contact - Does the person have contact with their family? Limited social contact is typically imposed on trafficking victims.
It is a complex issue but if you are concerned, do something.
If a person is in immediate danger call the Police on 999
If you have any concerns, no matter how small it seems, call the Local Police on 101 They will log the incident which will help them build up a bigger picture
You can call Crimestoppers if you would like to make an anonymous report of any information you have surrounding human trafficking. Phone: 0800 555 111 or report it on their website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
If you want to discuss anything you have seen then contact Hope for Justice on 0845 519 7402
There is more information on how to spot the signs of human trafficking:
It’s modern day slavery and it’s happening here.
There are 29.8 million estimated slaves worldwide. Men, women and children trapped in slavery.
What is human trafficking?
A crime with three elements
The Act - WHAT is done e.g. Recruitment, transfer, transportation, harbouring or receipt of persons. NOTE: Where a victim is a child, only ACT and PURPOSE are required.
The Means - HOW it is done e.g. threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or position of vulnerability, giving or receiving of payments or benefits used to control a
The Purpose - WHY it is done e.g. to exploit a person through prostitution, other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery, servitude or removal of organs from a person.
“Human trafficking is one of the most serious criminal actions. It’s organized crime and at its roots is profit from human misery. Our response is a strategic one – focus on excellence, professionalism and outcomes to help victims find healing, hope and justice. Now is the time for all of us to act and end suffering.”
Hope for Justice - Director of Survivor Care
Hope for Justice exists to end Human Trafficking and Slavery, in our generation. Hope for Justice identifies and rescues victims, advocates on their behalf, provides restorative care which rebuilds lives and trains frontline professionals to tackle slavery. From five offices across three continents they operate a proven multi-disciplinary model based on years of combined experience.
“I’m so happy to be free to be alive” Edward*
“Thank you for everything you have done for me and my children” Magdalene*
Saturday 8 November
An amazing evening of music and hard-hitting information that stirred the emotions, informing everyone about the extent of Human Trafficking and urging everyone to do something about it. Over £1100 was raised to support the work of Hope for Justice! A fantastic contribution to help in the fight to set the captives free.
Thanks to Saxophony, Bat2K, Southampton Folk Orchestra and Ukulele Jam for giving their time to ensure a brilliant evening.
If you want to get involved with the LHFC ABOLITION GROUP and be committed to raise awareness, raise funds and pray; Contact:
BEN COOLEY |
(CEO – Hope for Justice)
Sunday 13 October 2013
This is what Hope for Justice believes:|
We believe freedom is worth the fight
We believe justice is non-negotiable
We refuse to abandon the least, the last and the lost
We choose to challenge apathy with action
We choose to greet cynicism with hope
We are purposeful, passionate and pioneering
Ben Cooley left everyone in no doubt about the scale of the Human Trafficking issue but gave everyone the confidence that something can be done about it. Despite the overwhelming scale of the problem, Ben reminded us that ‘God doesn’t always move the mountain, but we get up it one step at a time.’
Hope for Justice are combatting trafficking one life at a time, knowing that partnership is the only way to see the end of modern day slavery in our lifetime.
LHFC responded generously to Ben’s vision sensing that now was, ‘Our turn and our time.’
We also supported the work of Medaille Trust with a mountain of practical gifts that will go to the men and women who are living in the Trust’s 6 safe houses in the UK where rescued men, women and children can be given a fresh start. The gifts of male and female toiletries, cleaning materials and non-perishable food items were huge act of generosity that will enable the charity to continue to support and develop the work they are doing.
If you missed Ben speaking: listen again
For more information: www.hopeforjustice.org.uk and www.medaille.co.uk
What is Human Trafficking?
"The greatest and most shameful regrets of history is always about the truth we failed to tell."
• TRAFFICKING IS…
to be deceived or taken against your will, bought, sold and transported into slavery for sexual exploitation, sweat shops, child brides, circuses, sacrificial worship, forced begging, sale of human organs, farm labour, domestic servitude.
• TRAFFICKING IS…
where family members and friends deceive parents to release their children or sell them for as little as $20 each, selling them on to local gangmasters or serious organised international trafficking rings.
• TRAFFICKING IS…
growing. 2–4 MILLION men, women and children are trafficked across borders and within their own country every year. More than one person is trafficked across borders EVERY MINUTE, which is equivalent to five jumbo jets every day. It is a trade that earns twice as much worldwide revenue as Coca Cola.
• TRAFFICKING IS…
where victims usually suffer repeated physical abuse, fear, torture and threats to families to break their spirits and turn them into saleable commodities. A person can be sold and trafficked many times.
What are we doing?
Over the last few years we have held several raising awareness events and been involved in campaigning, but we want to do more. We are supporters of several organisations who are active in this issue
We want to keep informed and inform everyone, continuing the fight to stop the trafficking and exploitation of people across borders. This is not only a global issue, it is right on our doorstep.
Get informed and get involved, together we can ACT for freedom.
For more information contact: