Modern slavery and hidden harms

Slough Borough Council is supporting the Thames Valley Police ‘Hidden Harms’ campaign which puts the spotlight on a number of different abuse-related crimes, starting with modern slavery.

Thames Valley Police records three modern slavery crimes every week across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Hidden harm is the undetected and unreported abuse of a person or people – physically, emotionally, psychologically or financially.

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain.

It can take many forms including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, forced begging, criminal exploitation and organ harvesting.

Anyone can be a victim of abuse but some people may be more vulnerable.

Thames Valley Police’s Hidden Harm campaign will run over the next 18 months focusing on a number of different abuse-related crimes including modern slavery, child abuse, honour based abuse, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, domestic abuse and hate crime.

The key message is to keep your eyes open to abuse and if you see it, report it. 

What are we doing in Slough? 

  • There is a multi-agency modern slavery group which looks at raising awareness and our local responses to cases of suspected slavery.
  • The council’s community safety team has facilitated training for more than 100 people so far, to raise awareness of modern slavery.
  • Trading standards, food safety and licensing have distributed awareness posters to a range of businesses in the area.
  • There is information on the council’s website about modern slavery, how to spot the signs, and how to report it. 


If you believe someone could be a victim of abuse call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If a person is at immediate risk of harm always call 999.

If you want advice, guidance or need support on any modern slavery issue, contact the Modern Slavery Helpline anytime, night or day on 08000 121 700.

You can watch the ‘Modern Slavery – could you spot the signs?’ video by searching Thames Valley Police on YouTube, or find out more on the Thames Valley Police website.


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