We've launched a campaign to help people in Surrey ‘Spot The Signs’ of slavery, in a bid to tackle this growing issue.
Modern Day Slavery takes a variety of forms, many of which operate openly in public places. Whilst anyone can become a victim of this crime, it predominantly affects vulnerable people and immigrant populations, with a bias towards industries such as car washes, nail bars and agriculture.
Crimestoppers has worked with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to identify common signs of slavery that victims of abuse share. You might spot some of these in the course of your everyday business, and we're encouraging you to report any suspicions to us as an independent charity - and remain anonymous.
Signs to spot include:
• Show signs of injury, abuse and malnourishment • Look unkempt, often in the same clothing and have poor hygiene • Be under the control and influence of others • Live in cramped, dirty, overcrowded accommodation • Have no access to or control of their passport or identity documents • Appear scared, avoid eye contact, seem untrusting • Be collected very early and/or returned late at night on a regular basis
• May have inappropriate clothing for the work they are performing, and/or a lack of safety equipment • May be isolated from the local community and their family
Want to contact us using another language?
We take information in around 200 languages, and guarantee that those who contact us will remain 100% anonymous - and they will never have to give a statement to the police or go to court.
Our extensive language translation service, whether it's our live telephone service or online information form translation, enables communities to contact us even when English is not their first language. You can find five foreign language Crimestoppers microsites with more extensive information explaining our service using these links: Polish, Romanian, Lithuanian, Gujarati and Bengali.
What to do if you are a victim of Modern Slavery
Due to our anonymity guarantee, we can't take information from victims of crime. If think you may be a victim of modern slavery you can contact the charity Salvation Army by calling their 24-hour confidential helpline on 0300 038151.
The UK Modern Slavery Helpline is available 24/7 to offer confidential, advice and support for any victim, statutory agency, business, or member of the public regarding modern slavery suspicions or concerns. Trained Helpline Advisers are available to discuss potential signs of modern slavery and discuss options for callers or victims in need. You may call free at 08000 121 700 or contact them online at www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/.
If you have any information, on modern slavery or other crimes, please contact us 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form, safe in the knowledge that you will never have to give a statement to the police or go to court.