Spot the Signs

If you believe a person is being trafficked and is in immediate danger, you should call 999 straight away.

You can also report suspicions of trafficking by calling 101 or visiting your local police station.

You may also report a modern slavery crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You can also contact The Salvation Army, who run a 24-hour confidential Referral Helpline on 0300 3038151 available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In Scotland the numbers to contact are Migrant Help (0141 884 7900 (daytime) 0141 212 8553 (out of hours)) and TARA( 0141 276 7724 (anytime)). TARA provides support to women trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation and Migrant Help provides support to all other adult victims.

Listed below are some of the signs that might indicate trafficking. This is not an exhaustive list. If you have any concerns about an individual or a situation please call the police.

Physical Appearance

• Show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, anxious/ agitated or appear withdrawn and neglected. They may have untreated injuries


• Rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control, influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work

• Relationships which don’t seem right – for example a young teenager appearing to be the boyfriend/ girlfriend of a much older adult.

Poor living conditions

• Be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and / or living and working at the same address

Restricted freedom of movement

• Have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work

• Have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents retained, e.g. passports

Unusual travel times

• Be dropped off / collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night

• Unusual travel arrangements- children being dropped off/ picked up in private cars/ taxis at unusual times and in places where they it isn’t clear why they’d be there

Reluctant to seek help

• Avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing who to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation, fear of violence to them or their family.