Q970: What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery is considered a serious crime in the UK. It can take many forms, including human trafficking, forced labour, servitude, slavery, sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation. The following are examples of modern slavery:
- Being forced to work and being paid very little, in particular below the minimum wage.
- Being forced to work long hours doing physical labour.
- Being controlled through fear, mental abuse and repeated physical violence.
- Being forced to commit crimes.
- Being sexually exploited.
- Being exploited by a partner, relatives or other persons.
- Being forced to marry without consent.
- Having a passport taken away from you.
- Being brought to the UK to work and/or being moved to different parts of the country on a regular basis.
If you know someone who you believe may be a victim of modern slavery, or you feel you may be a victim yourself, you should report the abuse to your local police force.
You can also contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the Salvation Army Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Helpline on 0300 303 8151 for assistance.