People trafficking is the movement of people from one area to another by use of force or threat for the purpose of some form of exploitation.
Examples of exploitation could be forcing a young person to have sex, forcing them into marriage, forcing the young person to work in horrible conditions or forcing them to carry out a crime.
Traffickers can be male and female and control young people by threatening to report them to the authorities, telling them they owe large sums of money, or by threats of violence to them or their families.
Signs of Trafficking:
Could this be you or a friend?
- Do you go missing from home?
- Are you prevented from going outside or locked in?
- Are you not allowed to go to school or college?
- Are you forced to earn a certain amount of money each day?
- Do you have an excessive amount of chores to do at home?
- Do you have a bad relationship with your parents or carers?
- Are you told you have a large debt to pay back?
- Are you afraid of being sent away from the UK?
Where to get help?
If you recognise any of these signs then you need to get help by calling the telephone numbers below:
Police – 101 or 999 in an emergency
Child Line 0800 1111
NSPCC 24 hour Child Protection helpline 0808 800 5000