Spot the signs of human trafficking

Spotting the signs

  • Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn.
  • Rarely allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control and influence of others or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work.
  • Live in dirty cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and could be living & working at the same address
  • Have few personal possessions and often wear the same clothes.
  • Little opportunity to move free and may have no identification documents or travel documents retained
  • They may be dropped off and collected for work on a regular basis either early or late at night.
  • Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fearful of law enforcers.

If a child: not attending school moves frequently, goes missing, lives with someone other than parent or guardian.

Print out a handout from Hope of Justice – Spotting the Signs (HfJ)

Excellent sources of further information for spotting the signs of Trafficking are: