We've launched a campaign to fight human trafficking by encouraging the UK public to pass on information about forced labour exploitation anonymously.
The campaign is being launched with a hard-hitting video, where viewers experience the harrowing story of one young victim as she is thrust into a world completely different from the one she and many other trafficked individuals, are promised.
Viewers are presented with clickable choices throughout the video as to whether they decide to help her by passing on information anonymously to Crimestoppers.
Read The Signs - interactive YouTube video
Read The Signs is an interactive YouTube clip that allows you to decide what happens next. You decide how this story ends.
Human trafficking is a complex and hidden crime, and therefore the true scale of it, both within the UK and globally, is difficult to determine. It’s one of the most profitable crimes worldwide, second only to drugs, with an annual trade value of around $32 billion. It is estimated there are nearly 21 million victims of forced labour, including forced sexual exploitation, trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and they cannot leave*.
Working alongside the UK Human Trafficking Centre, (UKHTC) the campaign, also supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), is being launched to raise awareness of human trafficking for the purposes of forced labour and domestic servitude, and encourages the public to pass on any information they might have about those committing this serious crime.
Results of a recent poll across the centre and eastern region of England, as well as Wales, indicates that only 23 per cent of people see human trafficking as a widespread problem, with just under three per cent feeling ‘very able’ to identify the crime.
Find out more about the campaign