Human trafficking, how to spot it?

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is backing a new e-training programme that intends to educate both the general public and people in the workplace on human trafficking and recognising victims of this crime type. [09 Oct 2012]The online course, called Human Trafficking Uncovered (HTU), is the result of a collaboration between  Nick Kinsella, acknowledged anti-trafficking specialist , in conjunction with The Sheffield College and Crimestoppers.The course has been launched ahead of a new European Union directive that the UK has signed up to which comes into force in April 2013, and is a collaborative project involving a number of organisations, including Love146, all with the same goal of cutting the number of Human Trafficking crimes.


The Sheffield College, in South Yorkshire, has an award-winning reputation for delivering online courses nationally and internationally and will be responsible for running the course. Human Trafficking Uncovered is believed to be the first course of its kind to be online, developed and delivered by a further education college, and to receive certification.

The programme equips the public, professionals and businesses with the practical knowledge needed to recognise and react appropriately to help protect a trafficked person and take action to help catch those committing the offence. The modular based training programme which brings together the knowledge and expertise of renowned and respected specialists in combating human trafficking, allows employers to demonstrate their commitment to educating and training their employees on this subject.

The true extent of the problem is unknown due to the covert nature of the crime but it is believed that there are now more people in forms of modern day slavery than ever before. Statistics released by the UN earlier this year indicated that there are around 20 million victims of human trafficking at any one time globally, while the annual value of human trafficking is almost £20 billion ($32 Billion).

Crimestoppers’ mechanism for passing on information about crime anonymously is a big reason for its support for this course. It offers an outlet should you discover you have information about Human Trafficking offences. You can be safe in the knowledge that you can come to the charity, without having to reveal who you are, where you work, or where you live.

Crimestoppers has been fighting crime for almost 25 years, and it is raising awareness of crime through courses such as the one being run by The Sheffield College, that support its work with law enforcement agencies.

Rodger Holden, Director of Business Development for Crimestoppers said: “Crimestoppers is delighted to officially support this programme that goes a long way in helping raise awareness of human trafficking and what we can do to try and combat it. We will be launching a human trafficking campaign later this year so this online course offers a unique opportunity to help educate the UK public about this crime.Nick Kinsella said: “Human trafficking is an extremely serious crime that attacks the dignity and undermines the fundamental human rights of its victims. Many people think of it as a remote issue, something that happens only abroad, but human trafficking is also a local issue and can be  happening right now in your streets and communities.  This course helps to dispel some myths on this subject including that UK nationals are not trafficked – they are.

“Everyone has a role to play in tackling human trafficking, helping to bring the criminals to justice and protect victims. This course aims to raise awareness amongst professionals and the general public, by providing a comprehensive understanding of the types of trafficking impacting on the UK, the growing response to the problem and by giving them the information on how to recognise the signs of human trafficking, what to do about it and how to report it.”

“By explaining the problem in an interesting and inter-active way I hope that this course will help to increase peoples understanding of the issue and therefore lead to greater prevention of the crime and protection of the vulnerable.”

If you or your business is interested in signing up for the HTU course you can contact The Sheffield College on 0114 260 2600 or go

If you have any information on human trafficking or any crime, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through oursecure online form.


For more information please contact Crimestoppers Media Officer Kieran Theivam on 0208 835 3727 or email

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