Modern slavery is a complex, harmful and predominately hidden crime and exists in the UK today and across the world. By definition it is an umbrella term which encompasses slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking, involving the exploitation of people for criminal gain. Modern slavery is a horrific violation of human rights where men, women and children are targeted and held in situations of exploitation often controlled by deception, violence, threats of violence and coercion.
Across our communities in West Yorkshire, modern slavery is having a devastating impact on victims and those involved in this criminality often have links to other serious and organised crime. In order to tackle modern slavery effectively; identify and safeguard the victims and bring the perpetrators to justice, we must know how to spot the signs of modern slavery and exploitation and understand how to report it. Learn how to spot the signs here https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/about/spot-the-signs.
To find out more about modern slavery or to report any suspicions visit the Modern Slavery Helpline’s website https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org or call 08000 121 700. You can also contact the police on 101 and in an emergency always call 999.