Modern Day Slavery
Modern slavery crimes are being committed across the UK, taking place in factories, fields, brothels and even in homes up and down the country. There is no typical victim of slavery – victims can be men, women or children of all ages and nationalities.
Someone is in slavery if they are forced to work; owned or controlled by an 'employer'; dehumanised; treated as a commodity or property; or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.
There are an estimated 35.8 million victims of modern slavery in the world today
In 2013 the National Referral Mechanism, the UK's victim identification and support process, received 1,746 referrals of potential victims of trafficking – almost a 50 percent increase on 2012 figures. The 1,746 referrals comprised 1,122 female (64%) and 624 male (36%) [potential] victims. 1,295 (74%) were adults and 450 (26%) were children. But these are just the victims that we know about. Modern slavery is a largely covert crime: victims tend to be controlled and hidden away.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 states that:
"No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms"
If you suspect someone could be a victim of modern slavery contact South Staffordshire Council on 01902 696000 to talk to the Environmental Health Team or for more information visit Hope for Justice