Human trafficking can only be tackled if people know what it is, what it looks like, and how to report it.

Different countries try different ways of identifying and referring suspected trafficking cases.

In the UK the government has established two Authorities who will decide whether someone is a human trafficking victim. These are the UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) – – and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) –

Children suspected of being trafficking victims are initially referred to the social services of the local authority area in which they were found for support. The relevant social worker will then make a referral to the UKHTC.

Adults suspected of being trafficking victims are initially referred to support services such as the POPPY Project – – who then makes a referral to the UKHTC.

People suspected of being trafficking victims either when they enter the UK or when they have immigration issues are referred to the UKBA. This whole process is known as the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). For more information see

So do you know what the signs are that someone might have been trafficked, and how to report it? Make sure you do by looking at our SPOT THE TRAFFIK Resources on the Get Involved section of our website –

3 thoughts on “SPOTTING the TRAFFIK

  1. rach

    In the ACT/s pack I downloaded recently it suggested that if I wanted to get further involved in stopping the traffik there would be an information and mapping pack available on the website shortly – is this still going to be available and do you know when that might be?

  2. Hi Rach,

    The next installment of the pack (now called: Community Information) is currently being piloted around the country. It will be hopefully readily available to everyone towards the beginning of Autumn. Thank you so much for getting involved and participating in the ACT project. It’s great to have you as part of the team!

  3. the legal age to become an ‘escort in holland is 15-in the far east girls as young as 10 have been found.frankly,this disgusts me.the legal age should be 16 the same as it is for umpteen other things,riding a 50cc motorbike is far more dangerous than girls calling on vetted clients.

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