Victims of forced labour are made to work long hours in appalling conditions for little or no pay.
These people are often being forced to work through fear and coercion as they’ve been personally threatened with violence – or threats have been made against their families.
Forced labour can take place in many different industries, including (but not limited to): Construction, manufacturing, car washing, nail bars, manual labour and building work, hospitality, food packaging, agriculture, maritime and health care.
Spot the signs of forced labour
- Potential victims are likely to have a very low income (less than minimum wage);
- Wages may be withheld or wages reduced excessively to “pay off” debts;
- There is a restriction of movement or confinement;
- There is an imposed place of accommodation (often multi-occupant premises);
- Other people are likely to speak for them;
- They may seem nervous and reluctant to engage directly in a conversation;
- There may be a requirement that they need to pay for tools and work-related clothing;
- They would be working long and excessive hours;
- They may be picked up and dropped off in a van or large vehicle, at the same time and same place every day, usually early in the morning or later in the evening;
- Other people have hold of their personal documents, such as passports, ID cards and bank cards;
- There are poor or non-existent health and safety standards in their work conditions;
- They have a fear of authorities or law enforcement.
Do you recognise any of these signs in your workplace? On your commute to and from work? Or when going about your daily routine? If so, please report any intelligence by calling 101.
Alternatively, you can direct your call anonymously via the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 121 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.
You can also fill in this online form, by clicking here.