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What to do if you’ve been trafficked

Human trafficking is a serious crime that impacts people worldwide. If you’re working without fair pay, unable to leave, and suspect you might be a victim, it’s crucial to understand that support is available. This guide will help you learn, recognize, and seek help if you have been trafficked.

Understanding Human Trafficking

Modern slavery, also referred to as forced or deceptive labor, occurs when individuals are compelled or deceived into working without their consent. Consequently, this may entail various forms of labor, such as household chores, manual tasks like farming or construction, or engaging in sex work.

Signs of Human Trafficking:

Detecting human trafficking can pose challenges because of its unique nature; however, it’s crucial to acknowledge common indicators if you suspect you’ve become a victim of trafficking.

Promised a Better Life: 

Traffickers may entice you with promises of a better job or relationship, often through in-person or online interactions.

Forced Labor: 

Experiencing excessively long work hours, receiving minimal or no payment, or being coerced into sexual activities clearly indicate trafficking.

Loss of Freedom: 

Your traffickers may have confiscated your passport, claimed you owe them money, monitored your movements, or threatened you to prevent escape.

Taking Action

Contact the Police: Call 999. You haven’t done anything wrong. The police are here to protect you and ensure your safety. You don’t have to provide evidence in court unless you want to.

After Reporting: Once you’ve told the police, they’ll take steps to support you.

Immediate Protection: The police will move you to a safe place away from the person who trafficked you.

Recovery Time: 

You’ll have at least six weeks to recover without needing a visa to stay in the UK. You’ll get help finding a place to stay and emotional support like counseling, all for free.

Investigation and Legal Help: 

The police will investigate the traffickers. If you decide to testify against them, you’ll get support and protection during the legal process. If it’s safe, they’ll help you return home. If going back puts you in danger, you can apply to stay in the UK permanently with help from legal aid.

Alternative Support

If you’re uncomfortable talking to the police, there are other ways to get help.

Charitable Organizations: The Salvation Army has a confidential helpline at 0800 808 3733, available 24/7. They’ll assist you when you’re ready to leave your situation and help you start over.

If you believe you’ve experienced trafficking, take swift action and reach out for assistance. Human trafficking is a serious violation of rights, and you don’t have to suffer alone. Follow these steps to regain control of your life and get the support you need to move forward.

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