Taking a victim-centric approach
When reporting instances of human trafficking, it is crucial to adopt a victim-centric approach. This means prioritizing the safety, privacy, and well-being of the victim above all else.
A victim-centric report is sensitive to the trauma experienced by the victim, ensuring that their story is heard without re-traumatization. It involves actively listening to the victim’s account, providing them with the necessary support and resources, and respecting their choices and rights throughout the process. It’s about being an ally to the victim, offering a non-judgmental space for them to share their experiences. When taking this approach, one must be patient, as trust-building is essential, and understand that the victim’s perspective and needs drive the process.
The goal is not only to bring perpetrators to justice but also to empower victims, helping them on their path to recovery and ensuring they are treated with dignity and compassion.
- Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
- Is the person alone in public late at night?
- Does the person seem to be controlled or coached by a partner or companion?
- Does the person avoid making eye contact or conversation?
- Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
- Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
*Not all indicators listed above are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.