Traffickers may be calling their victims with tattoos to assert their “property” on which it is people, according to a recently published report.
The victims were marked with bar codes or tattoo number, in order to demonstrate that women were older than 18 years, he said the report of the National Crime Agency, reports The Independent. The NCA said it had received information that people were victims of human traffickers were marked with tattoos including the numbers, but the exact meaning of the numbers is unclear.
“In short, you mark cattle. And that’s how people traffickers seen as a commodity to buy and sell,” Traffic Center UK Human Head Liam Vernon said.
A Romanian woman was allegedly branded wth a bar code and an amount of money, which investigators suspect was the amount of money that she would have to earn before they would be released. The NCA, said the victims were told by traffickers who would have to increase as large quantities as $ 64,000 before they could regain their freedom.
The NCA also said in its report that false job offers, social media sites and online dating services were used to lure victims in traffic. These digital methods led to a 22 percent increase in traffic in 2013 compared to 2012.
Ashley Anderson, who works with Wellhouse, an organization that rescues victims of human traffickers, said one of the easiest ways to identify a possible victim of trafficking is to see a tattoo that seems to be a brand, according to WBRC.
“We had a young woman who had her name tattooed on the face, arms, legs. That was a way to show that he belonged,” Anderson said.
Other signs that Anderson told to look for are obvious bruises on the body of the victim, or the refusal to make eye contact with others.
“Getting asking for help is huge and unfortunately have such an unhealthy relationship with her trafficker and can not let the situation” added Anderson.
The US State Department He says there are between 600,000 and 800,000 people trafficked across borders each year, according to DoSomething.org. Of these, 80 percent are women and half are children. According to some estimates, up to 80 percent of human trafficking involves sexual exploitation, while 19 percent of traffic is forced labor.
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