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People trafficking is the movement of people from one area to another by use of force or threat for the purpose of some form of exploitation, such as sexual exploitation, domestic slavery, forced marriage, labour exploitation including in cannabis factories, forcing a young person to commit crimes, drug dealing, credit card fraud, benefit fraud, ritual sacrifice and organ donation.

Traffickers can be male and female and control young people by threatening to report them to the authorities, telling them they owe large sums of money, or by threats of violence to them or their families.

Signs of Trafficking include:

  • Receives unexplained or unidentified telephone calls
  • Going missing from the home or placement
  • Signs of abuse or unwanted pregnancy
  • Is required to earn a minimum amount of money each day
  • Forced to perform excessive household chores
  • Prevented from leaving the house event to attend school or college
  • Talks of a large amount of debt they owe
  • Is excessively afraid of being deported

If you are concerned that a child being trafficked:

  • In an emergency contact the Police
  • Or contact Portsmouth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

For contact details go to: What to do if you are worried about the Safety of a child

 The Barnardo’s Trafficking Service supports young people that are suspected or have been confirmed as being trafficked and also supports the social workers of those young people. Tel: 0800 043 4303. You can refer to this service using the National referral form.

Further information or resources:

See the HIPS Missing, Exploited and Trafficked pages for the local protocol and national guidance

Read the modernised guidance for how UK Visas and Immigration identifies and helps potential Victims of modern slavery