WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

RECOGNISING THE SIGNS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING

Signs of trafficking and exploitation are not always obvious, and they can differ depending on the type of exploitation, but here are some things to lookout for. This list is not exhaustive.

DOCUMENTS

Does the child have a passport or genuine documentation that has been properly obtained? Missing, altered or false documentation is common. The child may claim that their details on the documentation are incorrect.

POSSESSIONS

Does the child have money, expensive clothes, mobile phones or other possessions without plausible explanation?

NEGLECT

Are there any signs of physical neglect? This may be basic care, malnourishment, lack of attention to health needs and possibly physical symptoms of exploitative abuse.

BOYFRIEND

Are there adults loitering outside the child's usual place of residence or does the child have a significantly older boyfriend?

RELATIONSHIPS

Is the child socially isolated with a lack of positive, meaningful relationships in their life? The quality of relationships they do have may not be good.

WITHDRAWN

Does the child seem to be withdrawn and refuse to talk? They might be afraid to talk with people who have authority.

Information taken from Spot The Traffick: https://www.stopthetraffik.org/spot/scenario/8.html
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