Human trafficking is about the illegal trade of human beings for exploitation. Some examples of the forms of exploitation which victims can be subjected to are below:
Labour - factory, agricultural, food industry, care work, hospitality industry and construction
Criminal – cannabis cultivation, shoplifting, petty crime, fraud (benefits/identify thefts), forced and sham marriages
A trafficking victim does not have to cross international boundaries. Trafficking can take place within Scotland or even within our towns and cities.
How would I know if someone could be a victim of trafficking?
- PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
The person may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn.
The person may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control or the influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with the neighbourhood or where they work.
- POOR LIVING CONDITIONS
The person may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation and/or living and working at the same address.
- FEW OR NO PERSONAL EFFECTS
The person may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. The clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work.
- RESTRICTED FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
The person may have little opportunity to move freely and have their travel documents such as passports taken off them.
- UNUSUAL TRAVEL TIMES
The person may be dropped off or collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night.
- RELUCTANT TO SEEK HELP
The person might avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing who to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation or fear for violence to them or their family.
More information is available at https://modernslavery.co.uk/spot-the-signs.html
If you suspect someone may be a victim of Human Trafficking please contact Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also contact the National Human Trafficking Unit on 0141 532 2723. You can also contact the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) on 0141 276 7724 and Migrant Help on 0141 884 7900.
Please find a link to case studies.
If you would like any further information please contact the Human Trafficking Team directly: