Modern Slavery is where an individual is exploited, forced to work, or sold. It involves the recruitment and movement of individuals using threats, deception and coercion for the purpose of exploitation. Modern Slavery can take many forms:
- Forced labour
- Domestic servitude
- Sexual exploitation, such as escort work, prostitution and pornography
- Human trafficking
- Debt bondage – being forced to work to pay off debts that realistically they never will be able to
Possible indicators of modern slavery
- Signs of physical or emotional abuse
- Appearing to be malnourished, unkempt or withdrawn
- Isolation from the community, seeming under the control or influence of others
- Living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation and or living and working at the same address
- Lack of personal effects or identification documents
- Always wearing the same clothes
- Avoidance of eye contact, appearing frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers
- Fear of law enforcers
Modern Slavery isn't confined to history or other counrites, it is a global problem and is happening right now, here in Lancashire. It's a problem that affects all ages, genders and ethnicities, and affects people from Britain and aboard.
- Lancashire Victim Services
- Home Office
Duty to Notify
Specified public authoriries have a duty to notify the Secretary of State of any individual encountered in England and Wales who they believe is a suspected victime of slavery or human trafficking.
Further information on Duty to Notify is avaialble here.