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Slavery is closer than you think

It could be happening in your area. It could be happening right in front of your eyes; you could be a victim of modern slavery or you may know someone who is a victim.

What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery includes human trafficking and holding human beings in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. Slavery happens to men, women and children of all ages.

Signs of slavery in the UK and elsewhere are often hidden, making it even harder to recognise victims around us. We hope this campaign will help to bring this crime out into the open and help victims of slavery to get the help and support they need. 

What are the signs?

  1. Physical appearance
    Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished, unkempt, or appear withdrawn.
  1. 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.
  1. Poor living conditions
    Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and/or living and working at the same address.
  1. Few or no personal effects
    Victims may have no identification documents, have few possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work.
  1. Restricted freedom of movement
    Victims have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents retained, such as their passports. 
  1. Unusual travel times
    They may be dropped off / collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night.
  1. 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.

If you have identified yourself or someone you know with some of these signs above contact the helpline on 08000 121 700. You can also find out more information at

What can I do if I suspect slavery is happening near me?

If you suspect slavery is happening near you, call 08000 121 700 or visit

Call us on 101 (999 in an emergency) or report to Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.