What is human trafficking?
“The action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.”
Note: Absolutely anybody can be a victim!
It can happen to anyone; any race, socio-economic status, age, gender or education level
How to Identify a Human Trafficking Victim
You may have an opportunity to identify and assist a victim of human trafficking. Here are some signs to look out for:
• Person seems anxious, fearful or paranoid. Avoids eye contact.
• The person is easily tearful and displays signs of depression (link: http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/detecting-depression)
• There are visible signs of unexplained bruises or cuts (which could be signs of physical abuse)
• Appears to be in a dominating relationship
• Is never alone and/or always has someone translating or answering questions on their behalf
• Not in control of their own finances
• Comes across as secretive or unable to answer questions about residential information
• Inconsistent details when telling their story (always changing information)
• Does not have identification such as a license, passport or other ID documents
• Person has verbalised their inability to leave their job or residence
• Being a recent arrival to the country and does not speak any of the national languages
• Is under 18 and providing commercial sex acts/ any age unwillingly providing commercial sex acts
• Is afraid of law enforcement or receiving help from an outside entity
How you can help:
If you suspect a victim of human trafficking, take the following actions:
• Ask the person if you can help them find a safe place to go immediately
• If they need time, create an action plan with them to get to a safe place when they are ready
• Call and make a report to the Human Trafficking Hotline (0800 222 777)
The Greater Benoni Child Welfare is hosting a Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign; all are welcome.
When: 10 March 2017
Time: 08:30 – 11:00
Where: St. Andrews Church
Miles Sharp St, Benoni, 1514
RSPV: Aifheli Maravha
011 849 5241 / email@example.com
LET US WORK TOGETHER TO STOP TRAFFICKING STARTING TODAY!!!