Modern Slavery

Greater Manchester Crimestoppers is campaigning against Modern Day Slavery.

Modern Slavery is happening in Greater Manchester. Today.

It is a problem that transcends age, gender and ethnicities, and can impact both foreign nationals and British citizens.

Modern Day Slavery takes many forms, but some of the most common are sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude. Victims are forced to work illegally, against their will, in many different sectors, including brothels, cannabis farms, nail bars, agriculture and even within people’s homes.

Spot the signs:

  • A lack of self-esteem
  • Acting as if instructed by another
  • Injured or in need of medical care
  • Distrustful
  • Fearful and poorly integrated into the local community
  • Living in overcrowded accommodation
  • Lacking suitable clothing for their job
  • Picked up by vehicles at unusual hours

We've been running a radio campaign on Key 103 to highlight the issues of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery - you can hear the radio advert below:

Gary Murray, North West Regional Manager Crimestoppers, said: “Each year, over 8,000 people in Greater Manchester contact us each with valuable information about crime. We appeal to the public to be aware of the signs of Modern Day Slavery - and if they see suspicious activity to contact us today. It could be happening in your town or in your street.”

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What to do:

  • Call police on 999 in an emergency, 101 if it’s not.
  • If you want to report a crime anonymously over the phone, call us on 0800 555 111
  • To report a crime anonymously online, click here to fill in our quick & easy form


You can watch a short film based on themes of trafficking, isolation and desperation, and how to combat them, here.