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Do you know the signs of Modern Day Slavery?

Alert message sent 18/08/2020 13:39:00

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Modern Slavery involves victims being trafficked into or around the country against their will. WMP receive reports from all over the Force area, including Selly Oak. As such, it pays to be vigilant to some of the possible signs, which include:

Slavery: Can include bonded labour, child slavery such as child labour and trafficking, early and forced marriage, forced labour, descent-based slavery and trafficking.

Child trafficking: Young people (under 18) are moved around the country so they can be exploited.

Debt bondage: Victims are forced to work to pay off debts. These debts are often built up by travelling to their place of exploitation. There is no real prospect of paying off the debt.

Forced labour: Victims are forced to work against their will. They often work very long hours for little or no pay in poor conditions and with verbal and physical threats made to them.

Sexual exploitation: Victims are forced to work in the sex industry against their will.

Criminal exploitation: Victims are controlled and mistreated and forced into criminal acts such as cannabis growing and theft.

Domestic servitude: Victims are forced to carry out housework and domestic chores in private houses for little or no pay. Their movement is restricted with very little free time or privacy given to them, often sleeping where they work.

Visit the following link to find out more about organisations working to prevent Modern Slavery:

You can report anonymously via CrimeStoppers (https://crimestoppers-uk.org / phone 0800 555 111) or via LiveChat at https://www.west-midlands.police.uk. Phone 101 if LiveChat is unavailable. If there is an immediate threat or a crime is in progress, phone 999.
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Sarah Savage (Police, PCSO, Birmingham West, Selly Oak)

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