Awareness amongst professionals

Organisations or NGOs could raise or increase awareness of THB for labour exploitation by providing information or advice to staff that may come into contact with THB for labour exploitation, for example staff in (alien) detention centres or staff of businesses.

Increase awareness of staff that may encounter THB

Awareness sessions could be given to staff at organisations that could come into contact with signs of trafficking in human beings (THB). This includes governmental and other organisations that work in the field, for example: NGOs, trade unions, health care organisations, churches or faith groups. But also government agencies where people need to submit some kind of application or registration, companies and so on. See the wide-ranging list of organisations that could come into contact with signs or victims.

During these sessions, participants could be made aware of the indicators of THB for labour exploitation and where they can report signs of THB for labour exploitation they may come across. A list of indicators  could be a useful tool for them to keep on their desk or in their pocket. The length of these sessions can be adjusted according to how likely it is that the staff involved will come into contact with THB for labour exploitation.

Raise awareness amongst staff working in (alien) detention centres

In order to prevent victims of THB who are staying in (alien) detention centres going undetected, NGOs could raise the awareness of personnel in alien and other detention centres. They could do so by sharing their knowledge of indicators and supporting personnel to draw up clear procedures to refer possible cases of THB for labour exploitation. NGOs could also try to obtain permission to access an (alien) detention centre to provide support to possible victims.

Raise awareness of the staff of businesses

Businesses can be the ‘eyes and ears’ for law enforcement and could be a valuable source of intelligence on THB for labour exploitation. Cooperation with businesses could include: supporting awareness raising initiatives, identifying and giving feedback on lessons learned, and providing materials to display in the workplace.

In the United Kingdom, for example, the Gangmasters Licensing Agency (GLA) has worked with the regulated sector to support awareness raising programmes. It has delivered bespoke training to representatives of the retailers’ supply chains. Businesses can stay in contact through a number of fora. The GLA can provide advice and support to businesses who want assistance in dealing with this issue.