Human trafficking and exploitation: guidance for health workers

Advice how to recognise and help victims of human trafficking and exploitation.

Further information and referral

Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA)

Funded by the Scottish Government, TARA provides an assessment and support service to women over the age of 18 years who have been trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation into and across Scotland. Support can include safe accommodation, a mobile phone, clothing and basic toiletries, advocacy and referrals to mainstream services, legal advice and health-care.

TARA are based in Glasgow but provide a Scotland-wide service and is a named First Responder for the National Referral Mechanism. TARA can provide advice, guidance and additional information for partner agencies.

Tel: 0141 276 7724

Migrant Help

This charity is funded by the Scottish Government to provide support to all other adult male and female victims of trafficking.

Migrant Help is a named First Responder for the National Referral Mechanism and can provide advice, guidance and additional information for partner agencies.

Tel: 0141 884 7900 (daytime) 0141 212 8553 (out of hours)

National Human Trafficking Unit

Police Scotland's National Human Trafficking Unit investigates all forms of trafficking and works with partner agencies to ensure victims get the support they need. If you suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking, contact Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Tel: 0141 532 2723 Email:

Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre

The Modern Slavery Helpline can support potential victims to access relevant services, including government-funded support through the National Referral Mechanism. Statutory agencies can also get support to deal with potential victims.

Tel: 08000 121 700 (24 hours)

ARCHWAY Rape and Sexual Assault Centre

Service for female and male victims of recent rape and sexual assault. Provides translators, follow-up care, support sessions and referral to appropriate agencies. Works closely with TARA to support victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. Victims do not need to engage with the police to access the service.

Covers Glasgow and Strathclyde area.

Tel: 0141 211 8175

The Anchor Centre – Glasgow Psychological Trauma Service

The service offers multidisciplinary psychologically informed interventions to clients who present with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder related to experiences such as childhood abuse, war, human trafficking, major incidents, or domestic abuse. It works with individuals who present with additional vulnerability and complexity including young people with a care history, homeless individuals and female offenders who all have an increased risk of experiencing complex trauma.

The Scottish Government provides funding to provide a psychological service for victims of trafficking and for in-care survivors of childhood abuse.

Tel: 0141 303 8968

National Crime Agency

The National Crime Agency leads the UK's fight to cut serious and organised crime, including human trafficking.


International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

IOM can help with returning EU victims of trafficking to their country of origin. The organisation may assist to sort out travel documents in liaison with the relevant embassy and in some cases provide financial assistance in purchasing travel tickets and provide support for the journey home. IOM is an international organisation and may also be able to provide support in various countries of origin.

Tel: 0207 811 6000

The Home Office operates a programme called Assisted Voluntary Return for non EEA nationals (or EEA nationals with a letter from the Home Office confirming that they are a victim of human trafficking).

Tel: 0300 004 0202

Scottish Refugee Council

Advice, information and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees.

Tel: 0141 248 9799

Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline Scotland

0800 027 1234 (24 hours)

Help and support for anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them.




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