Modern day slavery
Possible signs of modern slavery
Below are some signs you should look out for:
Isolation & restricted movements
Victims are not free to leave their houses or workplaces as they please and others may speak for them. They may be transported to and from work or be unsure of their own address. They may also be transported at unusual times and have other people purchase travel tickets for them.
Poor physical appearance
Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn and neglected. They may have untreated injuries. They may wear the same clothes for a number of days and workers may wear inappropriate clothing for their job.
Avoiding eye contact and wary of talking to strangers or the authorities
Victims are controlled and this can include through threats of violence to themselves or family members and they may, therefore, be reluctant to seek help and appear anxious and afraid. If they do speak, they may be inconsistent in the information they provide, including basic facts such as the address where they live. Children may not always demonstrate outward signs of distress and may have a 'bond' with those exploiting them and have been groomed to not disclose their abuse – however, they are likely to be very scared and traumatised.
A lack of personal belongings
Victims may have no identification documents, such as passport and driving licence and they may have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in, day out. They may also not have appropriate clothing or equipment for the job they do, for example, lack or warm clothing or protective equipment.
Victims may be housed in over-crowded and badly cared for properties. There may be large numbers of people visiting the address and an increase in anti-social behaviour.