Modern Day Slavery
What is Modern Day Slavery?
Modern Slavery is the term used within the UK and is defined within the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Act categorises offences of Slavery, Servitude and Forced or Compulsory Labour and Human Trafficking.
These crimes include holding a person in a position of slavery , servitude forced or compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them soon after.
Although human trafficking often involves an international cross-border element, it is also possible to be a victim of modern slavery within your own country.
What are the signs of Modern Day Slavery?
Offenders involved in human trafficking prey on extremely vulnerable people, often people who have come from a foreign country, do not know the language and are desperate to provide for themselves and their families.
The signs are:
- Scared or withdrawn
- No confidence
- Unexplained injuries
- May live and work in the same place
- No access to passport or legal documents
- Limited contact with family or outside world
- Doesn’t know home or work address
- Forced or intimidated to work, with low or no pay
- Poor hygiene and unkempt appearance
- Speaks little English
"Modern slavery takes many forms but some of the most common are sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude. Victims are forced to work in poor conditions and against their will in many different sectors including brothels, cannabis farms, nail bars, car washes, agriculture, construction, and even in people’s homes.
How can you help?
We want local people to be the eyes and ears of their communities. If you suspect something isn’t right, please trust your instincts and contact us – it might be nothing, but one phone call could be all it takes to change somebody’s life for the better and ensure justice is done.
The force has officers who are specially trained to investigate these crimes with expertise and sensitivity and I would encourage anyone who is a victim or has information to find the courage to come forward and speak to us. Anyone affected by these issues or who has any information can call officers your local police force on 101 or the Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700.