What Do You See?
We see vulnerable people.
We see potential victims of modern slavery.
What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery is an unseen crime, which may be going unnoticed in your local community. Modern slavery is happening all around us, in places we might visit on a regular basis - for example the hand car wash, a nail bar, the village takeaway. Slavery and trafficking is a growing cause for concern across the entire Humber region.
There is no typical victim of modern slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, but it is normally more prevalent amongst the most vulnerable – including minority groups or those who are socially excluded.
Someone is classed as a victim of 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 their freedom.
If you believe someone may be a victim of modern slavery, please dial 999 in an emergency.
Alternatively, call 101 to report information which may aid us in making an arrest, or direct your call anonymously via the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 121 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.
You can also complete this form online.
By having the courage to report your concerns, you are ensuring that the most vulnerable people in society are safeguarded and protected.
The three most common forms of modern slavery in our area are:
Ten signs of modern slavery
Potential victims might display any or many of the following signs:
- Suffering from physical or psychological abuse, appearing withdrawn and looking dishevelled
- Never seen travelling alone
- Avoiding eye contact and seeming reluctant to have a conversation
- Appearing fearful of authorities – in particular, law enforcement
- Seeming unfamiliar with the neighbourhood in which they are living and working
- Living in overcrowded accommodation
- Having very few personal possessions
- Having no access to personal ID documents
- Being dropped off and collected at work every day - either very early, or very late
- Seemingly being under the influence of other people
Remember - if you believe someone may be a victim of modern slavery and you report your concerns to us, you are ensuring that the most vulnerable people in society are safeguarded and protected. Please dial 999 in an emergency, or call 101 to report information which may aid us in making an arrest. Alternatively, direct your call anonymously via the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 121 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.
You can also complete this form online.
Operation Wilberforce has been created by Humberside Police to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking within our area.
It is made up of a dedicated team who will provide training, support and guidance to colleagues within the police force. They will take the lead in investigating and responding to allegations of modern slavery and human trafficking.
The specialist team will also build relationships across charities, local authorities, education, health, local communities and local businesses to create a proactive forum to raise awareness, gather intelligence and work together to protect the most vulnerable within society.
How we tackle those who exploit people through business activities and supply chains
A unique and trail blazing approach to tackling modern day slavery and to crank up the heat on those who exploit people through business activities and supply chains launched in October 2020.
Seven Police and Crime Commissioners and their respective Chief Constables worked together to develop a Modern Slavery Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) Statement.
West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Humberside, Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria counties operate according to this single vision.
It is a collaborative and voluntary commitment, not just to examine policing businesses and supply chains for modern slavery, but also to tackle modern slavery as a whole.