Today (11th January 2019) is National Human Trafficking Awareness day. Human trafficking comes in several different forms, including modern slavery, forced exploitation and sexual abuse. It is a violation of human rights, one of the most extreme forms of exploitation and persistently common. According to the United Nations, there are between 27 million and 30 million existing modern-day slaves.
“I never had my first dance, I never had my first innocent kiss, I never went to high school. But I did have an 85-year-old man die on top of me when I was 16 years old being trafficked in New York. I became heavily addicted to heroin, and heroin saved my life.” – Barbara Amaya.
Watch Barbara Amaya’s Ted Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_kXuQHZmWs
In order to raise awareness around Human Trafficking, here are some tips that help you to fight human trafficking as well as helping you to avoid becoming a victim of human trafficking.
- Learn the indicators of human trafficking so you can help identify a potential trafficking victim.
- Volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts in your community.
- Meet with and/or write to your local political councillor or MP to let them know you care about combating human trafficking, and ask what they are doing to address it.
- Host an awareness-raising event to watch and discuss films about human trafficking, such as investigative documentaries or explore online resources.
Indicators of human trafficking:
- Living with employer
- Poor living conditions
- Multiple people in cramped space
- Inability to speak to individual alone
- Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
- Employer is holding identity documents
- Signs of physical abuse
- Submissive or fearful
- Unpaid or paid very little
- Under 18 and in prostitution
How to report Human Trafficking
- The Salvation Army’s 24 hour confidential helpline for reporting modern slavery on 0300 3038 151.
- The Modern Day Slavery Foundation’s helpline on 0800 0121 700, open 24 hours a day.
- The NSPCC’s helpline on 0808 8005 000 if you think a child is in danger of trafficking.