Human trafficking is a global problem with millions of victims. Only 1% of these victims are rescued. By reporting an incident you believe is related to human trafficking, you can help to combat this form of modern slavery.
HOW TO SPOT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Human traffickers will often try to hide the fact that they are exploiting their victims.
Signs that someone might have been trafficked:
- Scars and bruises, especially in easily concealed places.
- Dependence on an individual. They may not be able to do things without permission from this person. They may also rely on them for money.
- Lack of belongings, identification and/or earnings.
- Unaware of local language or customs.
Please also read our article: “What are the signs of human trafficking?” for more details of what to look for.
REPORTING AN INCIDENT
When you are reporting an incident, it is valuable to mention: a summary of what happened, the type of exploitation, the location of the incident and the identity of the victim. The more information you can provide, the better.
It is almost always best to contact your local law enforcement authorities first. They can provide a quick response and will have an awareness of the local situation. They should be able to provide you and the victim with protection if necessary.
There are other ways you can report this crime. You should report using multiple methods if you can.
STOP THE TRAFFIK has released the STOP APP. It can be downloaded anywhere in the world. It is anonymous (your identity is protected) and confidential (the content of your report is protected).
It can be used to send quick text-based messages or photos or videos. This information is used to inform organisations, enabling more targeted and effective responses. You can also use their website to report.
A number of countries have phone numbers and websites you can use to report a human trafficking incident:
- Liberia: 2883 National Anti-Trafficking Hotline
- Kenya: 254- 020-225685 Central Police Station
- Kenya: 116 Child Line Kenya (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- South Africa: 0800555999 IOM helpline for sex trafficking
- South Africa: 0800222777 A21 helpline (www.a21.org/content/contact-us)
- Angola: (244-) 925 906 225 International Organisation for Migration (www.iom.int)
- Côte d’Ivoire: (225-) 22 52 82 00 International Organisation for Migration (www.iom.int)
- Ethiopia: (25-) 11 15 51 68 78 International Organisation for Migration (www.iom.int)
- Niger: (227-) 20 73 29 43 Ministry of Labor and Civil Service
- Nigeria: (234-) 07030000203 NAPTIP (National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other related Matters) (email@example.com)
- Rwanda: (250-) 0252 3512 Rwandan National Police
- Togo: (228-) 901-88-43 Direction Générale de la Protection de l’Enfant (DGPE)
- Uganda: (256-) 3 12 26 11 79 International Organization for Migration
- Uganda: 0414-543 548/ 532 131 Uganda Child Right NGO Network (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Zambia: (260-) (0)1 25 40 55 International Organisation for Migration (www.iom.int)
- Zimbabwe: 0800 32 22222 Counter Trafficking Hotline (IOM)
It is vital to make a report if you suspect human trafficking. Doing so may save someone’s life from slavery and prevent the continuation of this crime.