Modern Day Slavery

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Modern Day Slavery

Modern slavery is real. It is happening in our communities across the Humber area.

An unseen crime, it hides in take-aways, hotels, car washes, nail bars and private homes.

The Home Office predicts that there may be as many as 13,000 victims in the UK alone. There is no typical victim of slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages and cut across the population, but it is normally more prevalent amongst the most vulnerable, minority or socially excluded groups.

Slavery is an umbrella term for activities involved when one person obtains or holds another person in compelled service.

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

Spotting the signs of Modern Slavery:

It’s important that people are aware of how to spot the signs of someone who may have been trafficked and is being exploited.

Victims may:

  • Look malnourished or unkempt
  • Be withdrawn, anxious and unwilling to interact
  • Be under the control and influence of others
  • Live in cramped, dirty, overcrowded accommodation
  • Have no access or control of their passport or identity documents
  • Appear scared, avoid eye contact, and be untrusting
  • Show signs of abuse and/or have health issues

Typical kinds of employment that victims may be forced into:

  • Factories and farm work
  • Restaurants, in particular fast food outlets
  • Domestic service and hospitality
  • Hand car washes and nail bars

If you have any concerns over Modern Slavery and you require a Police response please call 101.  You can report any other concerns via email to the following Humberside Police email addresses:

For concerns in Hull –

For concerns in North Lincolnshire –

For concerns in East Riding –

For concerns in North East Lincolnshire –

Further information is available on the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership website:
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