Human trafficking

Human trafficking is the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation. Individuals may be trafficked into, out of or within the UK, and they may be trafficked for a number of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting. 

This online resource provides an overview of the issue of human trafficking.  It is aimed at helping all healthcare staff recognise the signs that someone has been trafficked, and to take appropriate action with confidence.

The material draws on expertise from across the health sector and non-governmental organisations working with people who have been trafficked.  The e-learning resource has been produced by Platform 51 in partnership with the Department of Health, with guidance from a steering group comprising representatives from:

  • Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health
  • British Association of Sexual Health and HIV
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Home Office
  • UK Human Trafficking Centre, Serious Organised Crime Agency
  • Ministry of Justice
  • NSPCC National Child Trafficking Advice Centre
  • Salvation Army
  • Poppy Project
  • Section for Women’s Health
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London
  • Department of Health  

Course provider: e-Learning for Healthcare