What can you do?
Find out as much as you can so that you can spot the signs and act to help trafficked people.
- Visit the UK Government Modern Slavery site
- Visit NI Direct trafficking page
- View the Crimestoppers modern slavery web page
- Read about the indications of trafficking in an Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association presentation. (downloadable Word document)
- A UK Border Agency document also combats some prevalent myths and lists the indications.
- Visit the UK Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) web site
- The Law Centre NI has produced ‘Exploited’ leaflets and posters in 12 languages which provide some basic information for victims of trafficking. Contact the Law Centre on 028 9024 4401 for copies.
- Roger McVicker, Victims of Slavery Support team leader, Migrant Help UK is willing to speak to groups about the local situation regarding modern slavery. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check out and support local charities, of which there are a number.
- Flourish NI is unique in providing ongoing care for survivors of modern slavery living in our community.
If you feel that someone is in immediate danger dial 999. Report other suspicions to the PSNI on the non- emergency number, 101. Remember that traffickers are usually part of organised crime gangs and so you should not confront them. Let the police do their job.
You can also report suspicious activity through the Crimestoppers confidential line 0800 555 111 or The Home Office Modern Slavery 24-hour helpline 0800 121 700 which is free from most landlines and mobiles.
The Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority is concerned to hear about abuses in agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and any associated processing and packaging. Report any problems on 0800 432 0804
Need business advice on keeping your supply chains free of modern slavery? Go to the Stronger Together website for help.
Where a child is concerned, the local Health and Social Care Trust can be contacted. The 5 Northern Ireland Trusts can be accessed at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/contacts/health-and-social-care-trusts and you should contact the duty social worker.
There is also a Child Trafficking Help and Information Line 0800 107 7057 and an NSPCC 24-hour Child Protection Helpline 0808 800 5000.
Or you can visit the Modern Slavery Helpline web site
Worried you might be wrong? It is better to warn someone about your fears rather than risk letting another human being continue to suffer.