Modern Slavery is a term introduced in the UK in 2013, to describe all offences previously described as human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude.
Human Trafficking is the movement or recruitment of people by deception or coercion with the purpose of exploiting them.
Exploitation can take place in a number of ways, including:
- Criminal exploitation
- Domestic Servitude
- Labour exploitation
- Sexual exploitation
Victims are forced to work against their will in many different settings, including brothels, cannabis farms, nail bars, car washes, agriculture and even within people's homes.
The signs of Modern Slavery
- A victim may have no freedom of movement.
- A victim may be forced to perform sexual acts.
- Victims of Modern Slavery may not have a passport and their personal documents may be in possession of someone else.
- A perpetrator of Modern Slavery may not allow others to speak for themselves, and will often answer questions aimed at victims.
- A perpetrator may be in charge of a victims earnings. The victim could receive no payment or very little for their work.
- A victim may be recruited for one purpose but forced to engage in another job which they hadn't agreed to. Transport may be paid for by the perpetrator and the victim may have to pay this back through providing services.
- If the victim attempts to escape, themselves or their family been threatened?
- A victim appear dependent or bonded by debt.
- A victim may be harmed or deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care or other life necessities.
- A victim may be prevented from freely contacting friends or family. They may have limited social interaction or contact with people outside their immediate environment?
Who do I contact for support?
If you see something suspicious, please act!
Information from members of the Community can play a very important role in tackling Modern Slavery, no matter how small or insignificant.
If you have concerns around a potential victim of Modern Slavery please call the police on 999 (emergency) or 101 (non emergency).
The Modern Slavery Helpline can also provide 24/7 information and support, please call 0800 0121 700. You can also visit their website.
Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800555111.
Modern Slavery. Suspect it? Report it!