Modern Slavery is the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women and men through the use of force, coercion, deception, and abuse of vulnerability or other means for the purpose of exploitation. Modern Slavery can happen in any community and whilst vulnerable people are often targeted anyone can become a victim.

Individuals may be trafficked into, out of or within the UK, and they may be trafficked for a number of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting. 

Often, people may not see themselves as victims.

Car washes, nail bars, takeaways, farms and brothels are all potential places where modern slavery can happen. Taxi companies, hotels or petrol stations may also be used to facilitate these crimes and landlords may also inadvertently or knowingly house victims.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was introduced to fight modern slavery and protect vulnerable people. 

Modern Slavery can take many different forms. Expand the below sections to find out more about each type of exploitation.

Or you can scroll down to read some of the potential signs of exploitation and how to report any concerns you may.

Labour Exploitation

Sexual Exploitation

Forced Criminality
Domestic Servitude
Organ Harvesting

Signs of exploitation

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  • They may appear withdrawn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  • They may appear fearful, anxious or withdrawn and may avoid eye contact.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

 

Reporting modern slavery

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

You can also find some useful link listed elsewhere on this page

 

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