Crime Stoppers International Supports Online Training Program To Spot Signs of Human Trafficking Launched in United Kingdom
October 9 2012
Crime Stoppers International: CSIWorld.org
Supports Online Training Program To Spot Signs of
Human Trafficking Launched in UK
Crime Stoppers international (CSI) is the peak body of registered Crime Stoppers programs
in 17 countries around the world. The actions of Crime Stoppers people in those countries
helps solve a crime every 14 minutes somewhere in the world.
CSI President Alex MacDonald states, “ This is an excellent initiative from the UK, one which is
globally transferable. This is a significant step in educating the world about one of the most
Independent crime-fighting charity Crime Stoppers is backing a new e-training programme
that intends to educate both the general public and people in the workplace on human
trafficking and recognising victims of this crime type.
The online course, called Human Trafficking Uncovered (HTU), is the result of a
collaboration between Nick Kinsella, acknowledged anti-trafficking specialist, in conjunction
with The Sheffield College and Crime Stoppers .
The course has been launched ahead of a new European Union directive that the UK has
signed up to which comes into force in April 2013, and is a collaborative project involving a
number of organizations, including Love146, all with the same goal of cutting the number of
Human Trafficking crimes.
The Sheffield College, in South Yorkshire, has an award-winning reputation for delivering
online courses nationally and internationally and will be responsible for running the course.
Human Trafficking Uncovered is believed to be the first course of its kind to be online,
developed and delivered by a further education college, and to receive certification.
The program equips the public, professionals and businesses with the practical
knowledge needed to recognize and react appropriately to help protect a trafficked person
and take action to help catch those committing the offense.
The modular based training program which brings together the knowledge and expertise of renowned and respected
specialists in combating human trafficking, allows employers to demonstrate their
commitment to educating and training their employees on this subject.
The true extent of the problem is unknown due to the covert nature of the crime but it is
believed that there are now more people in forms of modern day slavery than ever before.
Statistics released by the UN earlier this year indicated that there are around 20 million
victims of human trafficking at any one time globally, while the annual value of human
trafficking is almost £20 billion ($32 Billion).
Crime Stoppers ’ mechanism for passing on information about crime anonymously is a big
reason for its support for this course. It offers an outlet should you discover you have
information about Human Trafficking offences. You can be safe in the knowledge that you
can come to the charity, without having to reveal who you are, where you work, or where you
Crime Stoppers has been fighting crime for almost 25 years, and it is raising awareness of
crime through courses such as the one being run by The Sheffield College, that support its
work with law enforcement agencies.
Rodger Holden, Director of Business Development for Crime Stoppers said: “Crime Stoppers
is delighted to officially support this programme that goes a long way in helping raise
awareness of human trafficking and what we can do to try and combat it. We will be
launching a human trafficking campaign later this year so this online course offers a unique
opportunity to help educate the UK public about this crime.
Nick Kinsella said: “Human trafficking is an extremely serious crime that attacks the dignity
and undermines the fundamental human rights of its victims. Many people think of it as a
remote issue, something that happens only abroad, but human trafficking is also a local
issue and can be happening right now in your streets and communities. This course helps
to dispel some myths on this subject including that UK nationals are not trafficked. They are.
“Everyone has a role to play in tackling human trafficking, helping to bring the criminals to
justice and protect victims. This course aims to raise awareness amongst professionals and
the general public, by providing a comprehensive understanding of the types of trafficking
impacting on the UK, the growing response to the problem and by giving them the
information on how to recognise the signs of human trafficking, what to do about it and how
to report it.”
“By explaining the problem in an interesting and inter-active way I hope that this course will
help to increase peoples understanding of the issue and therefore lead to greater prevention
of the crime and protection of the vulnerable.”
If you or your business is interested in signing up for the HTU course you can contact The
Sheffield College on 0114 260 2600 or go to www.traffickinguncovered.com.
If you have any information on human trafficking or any crime, please contact Crime
Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our secure online form at http://www.Crime
Fore more information please contact Crime Stoppers Media Officer Kieran Theivam
on 0208 835 3727 or email kieran.theivam@Crime Stoppers-uk.org
Peter Price OAM : Vice President and Media Director: +61417996600 /
Notes to editors: Crime Stoppers
• Crime Stoppers will receive a payment for every online training course user licence
sold through all business development/sales channels where the Crime Stoppers
logo and name is included. Funds will go towards the charity’s objective of fighting
crime and helping keep communities safe across the UK.
• Crime Stoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes,
making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800
555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously.
They can also use our ‘giving information’ form via our website http://www.Crime Stoppers
-uk.org which is also accessible via internet-enabled mobile phones
• Around 22 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information
given to Crime Stoppers .
• Since Crime Stoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls,
resulting in over 113,000 arrests and charges. Over £122 million worth of goods has
been recovered and over £223 million worth of drugs has been seized.
• In 2005, Crime Stoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which
allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their
whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 1,000 arrests to date.
• Crime Stoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Chairman of Trustees,
who in 1988 launched Crime Stoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crime
Stoppers ’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business
community, the police and the media.
• Nick Kinsella founded and led the UK Human Trafficking Centre from 2006 to 2010
when it was based in Sheffield, and is currently on the board of the United Nations
Global Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. He has also been involved in
international prevention campaigns and training, and helped to bring the UK’s first
ever successful conviction on human trafficking at Sheffield Crown Court in 2005.
• The Sheffield College’s virtual campus, the Online College, is led by a multi-award
winning team with almost two decades of experience of delivering learning and
training into people’s homes, communities and workplaces locally, nationally and
• The European Union Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Human
Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting Its Victims, comes into force in April
2013. The directive states that officials likely to come into contact with victims or
potential victims of trafficking in human beings should be adequately trained to
identify and deal with such victims.
• The online course announcement also comes ahead of Anti-Slavery Day, which
raises awareness about the dangers of modern day slavery including human
trafficking and exploitation, and the European Union Anti-Trafficking Day, both of
which take place on Thursday, October 18th 2012. Anti-Slavery Day falls on October
18th every year to acknowledge that men, women and children continue to be victims
of modern day slavery, a largely hidden and brutal crime, and encourages people to
be proactive in the fight against it.