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) – http://www.ukhtc.org – and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) – http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk
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 – http://www.eaves4women.co.uk – 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 http://www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk
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 – http://www.stopthetraffik.org