Spot the signs of modern day slavery

Here are some of the common signs that may indicate that someone could be a victim of modern day slavery. 

  • Appearance: Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn
  • Isolation: Victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control, influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work
  • Poor living conditions: Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and / or living and working at the same address
  • Few or no personal effects: Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work
  • Restricted freedom of movement: Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work
  • Unusual travel times: They may be dropped off / collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night
  • Reluctant to seek help: Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing who to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation, fear of violence to them or their family.

Information from the community, no matter how small or insignificant, can play a vital part in tackling modern slavery. If you see something suspicious, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.