Modern Day Slavery

What is Modern Day Slavery?

Northumbria Police is committed to supporting victims of Modern Slavery and prosecuting those who commit or facilitate these crimes.

Modern slavery is a complex crime that takes a number of different forms. It encompasses

  • Slavery
  • Servitude
  • Forced and compulsory labour
  • Human trafficking

Traffickers and slave drivers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

Victims may be sexually exploited, forced to work for little or no pay or forced to commit criminal activities against their will. Victims are often pressured into debt-bondage and are likely to be fearful of those who exploit them, who will often threaten and abuse victims and their families. All of these factors make it very difficult for victims to escape.

Modern Slavery crimes are being committed across the UK and are taking place in many different sectors including factories, fields, brothels, nail bars and even within people’s homes. There is no typical victim of slavery – victims can be men, women or children of all ages and nationalities.

Many victims are brought to the UK specifically so they can be abused and exploited for the benefit of others. Some are tricked into believing they are simply paying others to facilitate their journey to the UK, or that they are being smuggled here. Many often do not find out that they are destined for a life of abuse and servitude until after they arrive. However, we also know a high number of victims are UK nationals, including children.

The true extent of modern slavery is the U.K and globally is unknown, but the best estimates suggest that there are between 10-13,000 victims currently in the U.K and up to 45,000,000 worldwide (Global Slavery Index 2016).

The reality is that it is happening around us, in our towns and cities here in Northumbria. It could be happening right in front of your eyes; you could be a victim of modern slavery or you may know someone who is.

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Modern Slavery is closer than you think: Understanding Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking