The FIU in the Isle of Man has published this document which focuses on human trafficking, and is said to have as its main objective to heighten awareness of the crime, particularly at a time in which there is a risk of an increase in activity and the laundering of the resulting illicit funds. Red flag indicators are included as well as examples. Perhaps understandably, it says that the risk of the physical presence of human trafficking victims in the Isle of Man itself is low. It is perhaps important to note the distinction between “trafficking” which involves “the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation; and “people smuggling” which, in theory at least, involves those who want to travel (and pay for it) and “the facilitation, transportation, attempted transportation or illegal entry of a person or persons across an international border, in violation of one or more countries’ laws, either clandestinely or through deception”, but without the coercion and modern slavery-type exploitation that “human trafficking” implies.
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