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Sex Trafficking

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Sex trafficking is the second largest type of human trafficking in the UK and would not exist without the demand for commercial sex. 

Sex trafficking involves recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring or receiving a person by use of threats, force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, or abuse of position of power over those who are vulnerable, in order to sexually exploit them.

Ways in which someone could be sexually exploited include:

Escort Agencies
Massage Parlours
Phone sex lines
Internet chat rooms

Spot the Signs
Someone may be being sexually exploited if they:

appear to be guarded, accompanied, or have their movement restricted
show signs of physical abuse, such as cigarette burns, bruises or untreated medical conditions
are not allowed to keep or have limited access to the money they make
show evidence of being forced, intimidated or coerced into providing sexual services
show psychological signs of emotional trauma such as: fear, anxiety, isolation, confusion, or a lack of self-esteem.

Spotting one of these signs does not mean that someone is being exploited or trafficked, but it is a reason to be suspicious. 

Reporting sex trafficking
If you suspect sex trafficking, report it to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the police on 101. In an emergency always call 999. 

Don't leave it to someone else. Your information could save a life. Reports can be anonymous.