New Freephone Helpline Helps Tackle Human TraffickingPosted on 13 October 2017
The first local helpline aimed at specifically addressing the scourge of human trafficking has been launched.
Invisible Traffick, a County Down based charity is running the service in order to provide a listening and support facility for victims. Members of the public may also use the number to report suspicious activity.
The freephone number is 0808 800 8001 and the service is available from 6pm to 10pm on Tuesday and Thursday and from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday and Friday.
A spokesperson for Invisible Traffick said: “More and more through the media we are hearing of local incidents of human trafficking. This is an issue that reaches into all corners of society. For victims the corners they are in can be literal, and can be dark, dark places. Through this helpline we want to let victims know that we have trained personnel who will listen and who will act on their behalf to help and support them through their circumstances. Our aim is make this service more widely available in terms of its operating hours and we are actively seeking funding in order to make this aim a reality. The billboard campaign along with advertising on social media and a wide ranging engagement strategy will hopefully serve to get the number into the public domain and establish this service as a trusted point of contact for those in need. All reports of life threatening activity will be referred without delay to the PSNI.”
The service is staffed by a trained team of seven volunteer operators with a further five soon to join the team.
More information on the charity is available at www.invisibletraffick.org
Image above is one of the Invisible Traffick billboards aimed at promoting the new local helpline.
Image Credit: Michael Cooper Photography.