Modern slavery: it could be right in front of you

 

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Slavery is not confined to history it is something that is still happening today. It is a global problem and the UK is no exception.

There is no typical victim of slavery – victims can be men, women and children of all ages. It can happen to anyone but is normally more common amongst the most vulnerable, minority or socially excluded groups.

Modern slavery involves the recruitment and movement of individuals using threats, deception and coercion for the purpose of exploitation. Victims are forced to work against their will in many different settings, including brothels, cannabis farms, nail bars, car washes, and agriculture and even within people’s homes.

There are a number of signs that could indicate that someone is a victim of slavery. They may:

  • Show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished, unkempt, or appear withdrawn.
  • Rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control and influence of others or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work.
  • Live in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and could be living & working at the same address.
  • Have few personal possessions, often wear the same clothes or are poorly equipped for the job they are carrying out.
  • Have little opportunity to move freely and have no identification or travel documents in their possession.
  • Be dropped off and collected for work on a regular basis either early or late at night.
  • Avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fearful of law enforcers and authorities.

If you suspect that someone is being treated in this way you can let Lancashire Police know on 101. You can also share information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or with us on 101.

Nest-Logo-TrustEd-HomepageNest Lancashire supports young people aged 10 to 18 who have been affected by crime or subjected to bullying, threats or harassment. You can talk to us in confidence and all of our services are free of charge. Call them on  0300 111 0323 Text: NEST and your number to 60777

 

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