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Anti-Slavery Day

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Today, October 18 is Anti-Slavery Day which aims to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery. There are tens of thousands of people being held as slaves across the UK and today gives an opportunity to raise awareness of these victims.

What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal exploitation and organ harvesting.

Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality and ethnicity. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave or report the crime through fear or intimidation. They may not recognise themselves as a victim.

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?
Report it

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 is 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 report it to us online (www.northants.police.uk) or call us on 101 at any time to report your suspicious or concerns.
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Paul Hurst (Police, PCSO, Northampton South West - Brackmills)

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