Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking, what is it?

Modern Slavery is holding a person in slavery or servitude where they are forced to work against their will.

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, harbouring or movement of people into a situation of exploitation through the use of violence, deception or coercion.

More information is available for communities from Stop the Traffik at

Types of Modern Slavery

  • Domestic Servitude
  • Forced Criminality
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Forced Marriage
  • Organ Harvesting
  • Forced Labour
  • Debt Bondage
  • Benefit/Financial Fraud
  • Child Exploitation

If you suspect someone is a victim

Do contact 999 if an immediate risk is present and safe to do so

Do ask questions – let them know they are safe and not in any trouble

Do explain what is going on and what you suspect, and they understand

Do note any injuries and give them choices

Do take them somewhere safe

Do familiarise yourself and follow your organisation’s safeguarding / modern slavery protocol including a single point of contact (SPOC)

Do ensure the individual understands the support available and

signpost / refer where possible

Do share the intelligence with the police

If you suspect someone is a victim

Don’t raise concerns with anyone accompanying them

Don’t use an accompanying person as a translator

Spotting the signs

•Working excessive hours

•No contract for employment or accommodation

•Accommodation is dirty, cramped, & overcrowded. Lacks sanitation

•Sleeping at premises at which they work

•Being isolated from the local community and their family

•Reluctant to take payment directly

•Transported to and from the workplace together, under the control of others

•They have few personal possessions

•They are not in possession of their passport or ID documents

•Not allowed to travel alone

•Access to their earnings is denied or restricted

•Believe they have a debt to pay off

•They do not have access to a bank account

•Not accessing or able to access medical care

•No way of contacting others

Reporting Concerns

•POLICE if immediate threat to life 999

•To report a crime or for advice around any concerns you may have 101 or

•The confidential UK modern slavery helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 08000 121 700

•Crime stoppers 0800 555 111 or submit information via their anonymous online Form. Give information | Crimestoppers (

•If you are on a train text British Transport Police on 61016.