What is modern slavery?
Slavery is an umbrella term for activities involved when one person obtains or holds another person in compelled service. Millions of people around the world are trapped in modern slavery. It is a crime happening in our communities, takeaways, hotels, car washes, nail bars and private homes. Someone is in slavery if they are:
- Forced to work through mental or physical threat
- Owned or controlled by an ‘employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
- Dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’
- Physically constrained or have restrictions placed on his/her freedom.
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Who should I contact if I am concerned that I, or someone else, might be being exploited?
You can report any concerns you may have, as well as receive confidential help and advice by calling the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. Calls are free and it is open 24 hours a day, every day. However, if you or someone else is in immediate danger CALL 999 straight away.