Spot the signs of modern slavery
People who are in modern slavery are around us all. People who might appear ordinary, but you may well catch a glimpse of something 'not right' or you might spot more worrying traits. Here are a few signs you may spot, and looking closer you may spot more.
Someone in slavery might:
- Appear to be under the control of someone else and reluctant to interact with others
- Not have personal identification on them
- Have few personal belongings, wear the same clothes every day or wear unsuitable clothes for work
- Not be able to move around freely
- Be reluctant to talk to strangers or the authorities
- Appear frightened, withdrawn, or show signs of physical or psychological abuse
- Be dropped off and collected for work always in the same way, especially at unusual times, for example very early or late at night.
What to do if you spot the signs
If you suspect that someone is in slavery, DO NOT approach them or cause a scene, as this will likely lead to increased harm for them. Instead inform the police, Herefordshire Council or organisations working in the field.
Herefordshire Council contacts
- Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) if you are concerned about a child - 01432 260800
- Concerns for an adult/s 01432 260715 or if it is out of hours 0330 123 9309. This number will connect you to the Adult Referral Team (ART)
Outside of Herefordshire Council
- Call 999 in an emergency situation, such as someone has escaped and is seeking help
- You can call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or fill out an online form
- Contact the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority to report concerns about the mistreatment of workers on 0800 432 0804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
- Contact Anti-Slavery International or other specialist anti-slavery organisations