What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain.  It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal exploitation and organ harvesting.

Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality and ethnicity.  They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave or report the crime through fear or intimidation.  They may not recognise themselves as a victim.

The signs that could indicate someone is a victim of Modern Slavery

The signs aren’t always obvious but there are some that you may notice: 

  • do they look scruffy, malnourished or injured?
  • are they acting anxious, afraid or unable to make eye contact?
  • are they doing long hours, wearing unsuitable clothing or have the wrong equipment for the job?
  • is where they are living overcrowded, poorly maintained or are the curtains always closed?
  • do they behave like they’re being instructed by someone else, picked up / dropped off at the same time and place every day or don’t have access to money or identification?

Anyone can report crimes of modern slavery

Communities have an important role to play in recognising abuse.  If you  suspect someone may be a victim of modern slavery, tell someone, you will always be taken seriously and protection and support is available.

It is extremely important to be aware that trafficking gangs are dangerous criminals; therefore it is vital members of the public do not attempt to act on suspicions themselves, which may put themselves or the possible victims at risk.

  • contact the Modern Slavery Helpline confidentially on 08000 121 700. This is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • report it to Thames Valley Police online or by telephone on 101 at any time to report an incident
  • if you want to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Always call 999 if there is a crime in action or immediate threat to life

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