Myth 1: Trafficking of persons always involves the crossing of borders


Human trafficking often (and increasingly) takes place nationally. According to the ILO, 77% of trafficking victims are exploited within their country of residence.

Myth 2: Persons are only trafficked for the sex industry


In 2018, 58% of trafficking victims in the UK were trafficked for labour exploitation. No industry is exempt from human trafficking. Particularly vulnerable sectors include agriculture, domestic service, construction and manufacturing.

Myth 3: Businesses cannot help to combat human trafficking


Ethical recruitment practices are crucial to mitigate human trafficking. Business need to set out clear standards for ethical recruitment e.g. by prohibiting the charging of recruitment fees.

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Source: 2019 Trafficking in persons report: United Kingdom

For more information on human trafficking and corporates responsibilities to mitigate human trafficking: 'Human trafficking: what is it and what does it mean for business'