Human trafficking is the illegal movement of people, typically for forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.
Human trafficking happens here in the UK. It can be the trafficking of people into the UK, or the movement of people around the UK. Human trafficking is a gross violation of a person’s human rights; it is modern day slavery.
People are bought and sold, and forced to work in a variety of different industries. Some may be sexually exploited, or forced to work at car washes, nail salons and in factories. Others will be kept as domestic slaves, some will be forced into marriages and others will be trafficked for organ harvesting.
Victims can suffer from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and rarely have access to an education or to health care.
The International Labout Organization estimates there are 21 million victims of force labour; 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million boys. (source: ILO)
The National Crime Agency shows that there were 370 cases of trafficking in persons in 2015/16 across the UK. This resulted in 295 prosecutions and 192 convictions. It is estimated that there are 13,000 victims in the UK.
It could be happening close to you, in your area or in your business.
For more information about specific exploitation signs, visit our human trafficking pages.
If you suspect human trafficking or slavery is happening near you, call 08000 121 700 or visit the Modern Slavery website
Report it to us on 101 (999 in an emergency) or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.