Modern Day Slavery -
Please take a moment to read - it could help someone in your area one day. As a community policing team, we need to know if any of the below is happening in your area or you suspect it. Passing information to the police that could be useful to protect vulnerable people and convict those that do this is very helpful to us and the wider community.
What is modern day slavery?
Modern day slavery is an unseen crime that’s going unnoticed in our local communities. Whether that’s at a local hand car wash, a nail bar in town or even a village takeaway – slavery and trafficking is a growing cause for concern across the entire Humber region.
Slavery is an umbrella term for activities involved when one person obtains or holds another person against their will in compelled service.
Someone is classed as a victim of slavery if they are:
Forced to work through mental or physical threat;
Owned or controlled by an 'employer', usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
Dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’;
Physically constrained or have restrictions placed on his/her freedom
Spot the signs of modern day slavery
There is no “standard” victim profile for modern day slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, but it is normally more prevalent amongst the most vulnerable – including minority groups or those who are socially excluded.
Potential victims might display any (or many) of the following signs:
Suffering from physical or psychological abuse, appearing withdrawn and looking dishevelled
Never seen travelling alone
Avoiding eye contact and seeming reluctant to have a conversation
Appearing fearful of authorities – in particular, law enforcement
Seeming unfamiliar with the neighbourhood in which they are living and working
Living in overcrowded accommodation
Having very few personal possessions
Having no access to personal ID documents
Being dropped off and collected at work every day - either very early, or very late
Seemingly being under the influence of other people
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