Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world. It is a hugely profitable market with very low risk.  People - men, women and children - are exploited and abused day in day out for years. It could happen to anyone, in any community. Communities have a vital role in preventing trafficking and in building cities, towns and villages that are resilient to trafficking.

Stop the Traffick

Human Trafficking is the recruitment or movement of persons, by means of the threat or use of force, deception or coercion for the purpose of exploitation.People are tricked into situations where they are bought, sold, abused, and exploited in many different ways: sexual exploitation, forced labour, street crime, domestic servitude or even the sale of organs and human sacrifice. Men, women and children are trafficked within their own countries and across international borders. Trafficking affects every continent and every country. It is easier to move people around today than at any other time in history and anyone can find themselves in vulnerable situations due to poverty, limited job opportunities and natural disasters.

The documents below show the types of exploitation which take place and a description of the likely signs that would indicate that individuals have been trafficked for exploitation.

Human trafficking and modern slavery

A dedicated police unit coordinates the response to modern slavery in Hertfordshire. It provides assistance to investigating officers, liaises with partner organisations and reports back to the national leadership in the area. The numbers of people identified in Hertfordshire as victims of modern slavery have grown annually, however it is usually a hidden crime so the real numbers could be much higher.

If you have concerns about trafficking or modern slavery, want to get advice or seek help, contact the police on the 101 non emergency number or call the national helpline 

08000 121700. If you believe a person is a victim of modern slavery or is in immediate danger, call 999 straight away.

Date of last review: 07 August 2018