Modern slavery is real. It is happening in our community. It is an unseen crime that hides in takeaways, hotels, car washes, nail bars and private homes.
More than 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade, there are now more slaves worldwide than ever before – an estimated 45 million. Many victims of modern slavery will have also been victims of human trafficking.
The most common types of exploitation in the UK are sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and domestic servitude. Poverty, limited opportunities at home, lack of education, unstable social and political conditions, economic imbalances and war are some of the key drivers that contribute to someone’s vulnerability to becoming a victim.
SPOT THE SIGNS
Stop the Traffik has resources to help you recognise the signs of trafficking. Possible signs include:
- A lack of self-esteem
- Acting as if instructed by another
- Injured or in need of medical care
- Fearful and poorly integrated into the local community
- Living in overcrowded accommodation
- Lacking suitable clothing for a job
- Picked up by vehicles at unusual hours
What can you do?
The Clewer Initiative is raising awareness in the Church of England of all aspects of modern slavery and helps provide victim support and care.
Make sure you are familiar with the signs above. If you suspect that someone is at risk, report it!
Report non-urgent suspicious activity to the police by calling 101. For advice or support call the 24/7 confidential UK Modern Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700.