BTB MS and HT can be any age gender and ethnicity There are a lot of misconceptions around emerging crime types like modern slavery and human trafficking. This #BeyondtheBeat week hopes to bust any myths and educate the public on what the signs of exploitation are and how to report any concerns to the police.

For a lot of people the phrase 'Human trafficking' conjures up an image of someone being transported against their will from another country to the UK. But did you know that people are also trafficked from one city or town in the UK to another? For example this could include, victims of sexual exploitation or those forced to courier drugs around the UK.

Victims of modern slavery and human trafficking can be any age, gender or ethnicity. But they do all have one thing in common. They are all vulnerable and they all deserve our help.

  • There are many potential signs of exploitation - it's really important to be aware of what these are and to report any concerns you may have. Here are some examples: 
  • Their appearance may offer clues; they might have physical signs of abuse such as bruising or cuts
  • They might also be unkempt, have poor personal hygiene and appear to wear the same (often dirty or damaged clothes) every day
  • They may have unsuitable or no protective equipment for the job they are doing or may appear to lack skills or training in the job they are doing
  • They be chaperoned or accompanied everywhere they go or appear to have someone speaking on their behalf
  • They may be disorientated and not know where they are. They may also get picked up from and dropped off at a location several times a day.
  • They may appear malnourished or dehydrated
  • They may appear withdrawn
  • They may have no access to money or may have someone controlling their money for them
  • Their passport may be being held by someone else
  • They may appear fearful, anxious or withdrawn and may avoid eye contact.
  • They may appear exhausted 

Information from the public is vital in the fight against modern slavery. Together as a community we can eradicate slavery and trafficking in Wiltshire, and reduce the exploitation of the most vulnerable people

To report your concerns call us on 101. If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 999 straight away.

You can also report anonymously via:

  • The National Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700
  • Or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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