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Modern slavery is closer than you think

The Safer Slough Partnership launched the second phase of its hard-hitting modern slavery campaign to mark national anti-slavery day on 18 October.

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. Victims are trapped in servitude which they were deceived or coerced into and they feel they cannot leave.

Modern slavery includes:

  • sexual exploitation
  • criminal exploitation
  • forced labour and
  • domestic servitude.

It happens across the world and UK. It is also happening in Slough.

The campaign includes posters and messages on the four different types of modern slavery, which have been translated into Polish, Romanian, Urdu and Punjabi.

There are five questions which may indicate someone is a victim of modern slavery. These are:

  1. Are you living the life you expected to live before coming here?
  2. Does someone have control of your identity documents or passport and bank card?
  3. If you wanted to leave your job or accommodation, would someone stop you?
  4. Have you ever been threatened if you do not do as you are told?
  5. Are you able to make contact with your family and friends when you want?

It is hoped that as a result of this awareness campaign, more people will come forward and report any instances of modern slavery by calling the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

You can also call 999 in an emergency or 101 if you have a concern about modern slavery.

For more information visit the Unseen UK website.

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