What is Trafficking

Each year men, women and children from all over the world are tricked into believing that they have the opportunity to start a new life. They leave their home, family and friends hoping to escape hardship, discrimination or persecution in their own country, find a new job or pursue a new relationship. However, once they reach their destination their dreams quickly change to a nightmare as they are sold as a commodity into a life of servitude and abuse.
The UN Palermo Protocols 2000 defines trafficking as such:
“Trafficking in persons shall mean (the acts of) recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat, or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or a postion of vulnerability, or the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”
What is trafficking?
Human trafficking refers to the acts of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring and the receiving of persons.
The criminals involved will threaten or use force, or other forms of coercion, abduction and deception. They use a multitude of manipulative tactics, oftentimes capitalising on the basic human desires to be loved, safe, successful and to build a better future for them and their families.
People are trafficked for a multitude of reasons including but not limited to; prostitution, forced labour, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude and the removal of organs.
Thankfully there are many agencies working for the identification and rescue of victims of trafficking from situations of exploitation. People are set free through police raids, daring to escape, punters assisting their escape or captors abandoning them when they have ceased to be useful to them.
It is important for people to receive support and protection as soon as possible as they are likely to still be at risk of exploitation. They need a place of security and protection whilst they reflect and recover from the trauma they have experienced. Statutory support is currently provided by The Salvation Army under contract from the Ministry of Justice and consists of a minimum of 45 days of support in safe-house accommodation. During this time survivors have access to psychological care, emergency medical treatment, counselling and assistance in bringing criminal proceedings against offenders. It is during this window, and often beyond, that their trafficking case is evaluated by the National Referral Mechanism. What happens after those 45 days are over? FIND OUT MORE >