Spotting the signs
Modern slavery could be happening in your community, so it’s important you know the signs that could indicate someone is a victim of this crime.
The signs aren’t always obvious but there are some that you may notice:
- Do they look scruffy, malnourished, or injured?
- Are they acting anxious, afraid, or unable to make eye contact?
- Are they doing long hours, wearing unsuitable clothing or have the wrong equipment for the job?
- Is where they are living overcrowded, poorly maintained or are the curtains always closed?
- Do they behave like they’re being instructed by someone else, picked up/dropped off at the same time and place every day or don’t have access to money or identification?
The following websites and organisations have produced very helpful guidance on spotting the signs of modern slavery:
- Gangmasters and labour abuse authority (GLAA) https://www.gla.gov.uk/
- The Salvation Army https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/modern-slavery
- Modern Slavery Helpline https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/
Communities have an important role to play in recognising abuse.
If you recognise any of the above signs and suspect someone may be a victim of modern slavery, tell someone. You will always be taken seriously, and protection and support are available.
To report a suspicion or seek advice you can contact the Modern Slavery Helpline confidentially on 08000 121 700. This is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
You can also raise a concern about an adult or a child to WSCC social care.
Children: 01403 229900
Adults: 01243 642121
You can also report it to Sussex Police online https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/
or call them on 101 at any time to report an incident. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use their textphone service on 18001 101.
Should you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Further advice and support
Modern Slavery Helpline - Information and advice on modern slavery
The Salvation Army - Immediate and intensive support to ensure victims of trafficking are given the best possible chance of recovery
Migrant Help - Support services for adult victims of human trafficking
Kalayaan - Advice, advocacy, and support services for migrant domestic workers
Medaille Trust - Helps women, young men and children who have been freed from human trafficking
Stop the Traffik - Works to unite people around the world by inspiring, informing, equipping and mobilising communities to; know what human trafficking is, know how to identify it and know how to respond appropriately if they saw it
National Crime Agency (NCA) - The NCA leads the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime, protecting the public by targeting and pursuing those criminals who pose the greatest risk to the UK
Modern Slavery Helpline (Unseen) App
The Modern Slavery Helpline, operated by Unseen, has released an app to make reporting to their Helpline even easier.
The App provides a guide to recognising the signs of modern slavery and makes reporting concerns easier.
It was developed by the Helpline's founding partner, BT.
The App can be downloaded from your app store by searching 'Unseen UK'.
The Farm Work Welfare App
A new app designed to eradicate labour exploitation on British farms
The Farm Work Welfare App, developed by The Clewer Initiative, will provide information on employment rights in eight languages and is aimed at the thousands of workers who come every year to help with the harvest of fruit and vegetables on UK farms.
It will allow both farmers and workers to flag up concerns of labour exploitation or modern slavery and seek help.
The app is live on Google Play and the Apple App Store https://apps.apple.com/app/id1519408010