Practical Support

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How do I know if someone might have been trafficked?

Click here to download a leaflet which lists some of the signs that a person may have been trafficked.  Or watch this 3 minute video from the National Modern Slavery Helpline to help you spot the signs.




Getting help for a victim of trafficking

If you think you are victim of trafficking or supporting someone who might be, you can get help or advice by:

- calling the National Modern Slavery Helpline run by charity Unseen: 0800 0121 700

- calling the police on the emergency number 999 or phone 101 to contact the local police station. The police will be able to offer you protection and investigate those who are hurting you.

- contacting one of the charities that provide the national support programmes for victims of trafficking (called the National Referral Mechanism).   They can offer help to find you some temporary accommodation, food and medical treatment. They can also find someone to help talk to you about your situation. You can contact them on these helplines:


Salvation Army (England and Wales): 0300 3038151




Bawso (Wales only): 0800 731 8147



Migrant Help (Northern Ireland and Scotland): 07766 668781



  TARA (Scotland only): 0141 276 7724


Click here for leaflets explaining about the support you can receive as a victim of trafficking in 11 different languages.


If you suspect an instance of human trafficking in the UK

Do not confront a suspected trafficker or victim of trafficking. Your safety and that of any possible victims is of primary importance.

You can:

- contact your local police by phoning 101 which will automatically connect you to your local police force.  If it is an emergency when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened you should call 999.

- call the National Modern Slavery Helpline: 0800 0121 700 or via the website.

- contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111  or via the website to give information anonymously.

For possible child victims of trafficking you can also call your Local Authority Children’s Services or the NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice Centre on 0808 800 5000


Please note, victims may not want to be rescued and there may be situations where reporting a suspected trafficking case puts the potential victim at risk.

' Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. '

Psalm 10: 12 (KJV)