Hidden in plain sight

'Hidden in plain sight’ is a term that describes human trafficking really well. We look, yet often we do not see. Many of us believe this problem does not exist near us, but modern slavery has been reported in most local authorities across the country. It is a global crime worth billions of pounds annually and we all have a duty to not only look, but also see, what is really happening around us and act accordingly. 


How can you spot signs of human trafficking?

Personal Documents

  • Is the person in control of his/her own passport, travel documents and/or immigration documents?


  • Have they been threatened with harm to themselves or to their family?
  • Do they have bruises or other signs of physical abuse?


  • Does the person have little or no control over his/her own money?
  • Are they paid less than promised?
  • Do they receive little or no pay?


  • Does the individual defer to someone else to speak for him or her?
  • Is the person allowed to move without any restrictions?
  • Do they appear to have been coached on what to say?
  • Are they not allowed to socialise with neighbours, family or friends?
  • Are they doing a different job than expected?
  • Do they seem to have been deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care or satisfactory living conditions?


If you think you have spotted the signs, you should report it

If you think something doesn't look right, then it probably isn't. By reporting it to one of the below organisations, you may be saving someone’s life.

If you suspect that you or someone you have come across may be an adult victim of modern slavery and in need of help, please contact The Salvation Army’s confidential and anonymous referral helpline on 0800 808 3733 – available 365 days a year, 24/7 with interpretation services where needed.

Migrant Help

  • England 01304 203977
  • Scotland 0141 8847900 (out of hours 0141 2128553)
  • Northern Ireland 028 90315744 (out of hours 02892 448449)

Police 101 (non-emergency), 999 (emergency)

Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700