How can you prevent trafficking and recognize signs of it?
Be aware that it exists: do not be too quick to trust a person who offers to arrange a job or a good deal, even if they seem well intentioned.
Be alert: if an offer sounds too good to be true, it might be!
When travelling, keep your family together and always supervise your children.
Always keep hold of your passport and personal documents and don’t give them away for any reason.
Be prepared: make sure you know where to ask for help should you need to leave a dangerous situation.
Before you accept a job, ask questions, try to find out about payment, working conditions and living situation, and ask if you can talk to a co-worker before you start.
Keep an eye out for signs that other migrants, especially unaccompanied minors, may be the target of traffickers: if you see something suspicious ask for help.
Spread the word in your community: tell others to be careful of human trafficking, and refer them to help if they are victims of trafficking.
What can you do if you find yourself in a situation of exploitation?
If a person you work for or live with withholds your passport, your salary or makes threats, try to get away and ask for help. Do not stay in a situation of exploitation out of fear: often the situation gets worse with time.
Call the local emergency number if you or someone else are in imminent danger.
Every country in the European Union has protection systems for victims of human trafficking and should offer you assistance if you report this crime to the police.
If you are in immigration detention or police custody after you have experienced exploitation: you have rights as a victim of human trafficking even if you do not have legal residence status – ask for a lawyer and tell them what happened to you.
Seek advice and support. Go to the Red Cross Red Crescent or another aid organization and ask them to refer you to a lawyer or an organization that can help you.