Human trafficking is a reality in Glasgow, and those who have been trafficked are more vulnerable than ever during lockdown.
People who were trafficked into businesses which are currently closed, such as nail bars and car washes, could become homeless if their traffickers can no longer make money from them. We can therefore expect that some of the people homelessness agencies are encountering will have been trafficked.
Working with awareness-raising group Restore Glasgow, we have produced a leaflet for frontline workers who may be coming into contact with people who have been trafficked. It sets out potential signs of trafficking, for example the person has no identification documents, few personal possessions and they always wear the same clothes. It also lists the agencies to contact for advice and support.
If you are a frontline worker please read and share the leaflet. Read the leaflet here (pdf).
Spot the signs
We can all learn to spot and report the signs of human trafficking. The modern slavery helpline lists signs to look for. If you think you’ve spotted signs of human trafficking call their free and confidential helpline on 08000 121 700.