What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery is a term that covers slavery, services by coercion, forced or compulsory labour, and human trafficking.
There is no typical victim of slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities and nationalities.
We liaise with police to gather intelligence and assess reports about potential victims of modern slavery in Lincolnshire.
We also work with local businesses and organisations to raise awareness of modern slavery.
Signs of modern slavery
The signs of slavery are often hidden, making it difficult to recognise victims. Here are some of the common signs you can be aware of:
- Physical appearance: victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse. They may look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn.
- Isolation: victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own or seem under the control and influence of others. They may rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work.
- Poor living conditions: victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, or living and working at the same address.
- Few or no personal items: victims may have no identification documents, and very few personal possessions. They may always wear the same clothes. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for the work they do.
- Unusual travel times: they may be dropped off or collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night
- Reluctant to seek help: victims may avoid eye contact, or appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers. They may fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing who to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation, fear of violence to them or their family.
Report a concern
In an emergency, always call 999. To get help, report a suspicion, or seek advice, contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. You can also file a report online.
Download the Unseen mobile app for more information on spotting the signs of slavery, and to report any concerns.