Human trafficking is happening in plain sight all around us. Have you ever seen something that looks out of place? Does uncertainty stop you from speaking up?
Every human trafficking story, no matter how long or short, whether current or historic, is important and relevant. It may be the missing piece of the puzzle, contributing to a larger and more accurate picture of human trafficking, which can then inform efforts to combat it. Technology places the power to prevent into the hand of a person who holds a mobile device.
The STOP APP can be downloaded by anyone, anywhere in the world who has access to a smartphone. The app is anonymous, confidential and secure – it is available in seven languages and allows you to submit suspicious activity quickly by sending text based messages and uploading photos and videos.
What happens with the information
All information reported into the STOP APP is fed directly into STOP THE TRAFFIK’s secure database where it is analysed alongside multiple different datasets on human trafficking and modern slavery activity.
Our analysts transform this raw data into useful insights that contribute to a better understanding of global human trafficking activity globally. The insights are developed into informative and easily digestible visualised reports, which are then shared with appropriate authorities, organisations, communities and individuals to enable an informed and targeted response to prevent and combat human trafficking.
How to Spot the Signs
The app includes a brief outline of how to spot the signs and links to a page on the StopTheTraffik website.
That page includes the following Significant Signs as well as more Specific Signs shown by trafficked people.
There are a number of signs that are common across all types of exploitation. Including, if a person:
- acts as if instructed by another, as though they are forced or coerced to carry out specific activities
- demonstrates signs of physical or psychological abuse, such as lacking self esteem, seeming anxious, bruising or untreated medical conditions
- seems to be bonded by debt or has money deducted from their salary
- has little or no contact with family or loved ones
- is distrustful of authorities
- has threats made against themselves or family members
- is not in possession of their own legal documents