Welcome to human stories
On this website we look at personal stories and how conflict and strife can affect people’s lives. Human trafficking is something that affects many people but that few understand.
Human trafficking isn’t simply something you hear about. It’s very real. It takes place all around the world. It could be occurring near you, at this very moment. You just need to look more clearly and read the signs. If you see something suspicious, one anonymous phone call to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 could be all it requires to help save lives and put an end to human trafficking once and for all. Together we can crack it.
Trafficking is organised crime on a huge scale. It’s global and brings in revenue equal to several of the world’s biggest corporations. In fact, there are reports that many trafficking groups are switching from drugs to human beings in their search for high profits at less risks. It’s a worldwide issue that’s right here on your doorstep.
Victims of human trafficking are coerced, exploited, kidnapped, imprisoned and often raped. It also happens to children too. Imagine being promised a great job abroad. You’re taken thousands of miles away from home to an unfamiliar country. The job isn’t real. Your passport is taken from you. You’re frightened, penniless and caught in a vicious cycle of debt. You have no idea what your rights are.
End modern-day slavery
Imagine being sold on to become forced labour on a farm, or in a drugs factory or as a household slave. Teenage girls are often tricked into forced prostitution and forced to have sex with forty men a day. You’re held against your will, physically and emotionally. If you attempt to escape you or your entire family could face the threat of violent retribution, perhaps death. The psychological torture is huge.
But we’re not just talking about immigrants. Human trafficking does not have any borders. Victims can be coerced or kidnapped from one part of a country to another.