Modern Day Slavery
There are an estimated 40.3 million people worldwide who are modern day slaves. Modern day slavery is exploitation and can include forced labour, forced marriage, child labour, and forced sexual exploitation.
Modern day slavery affects people of all ages, genders and races. There are thought to be 13,000 victims and survivors of modern day slavery here in the UK and it is said to cost the economy up to 4.3bn a year.
Local authorities have reported 1,322 cases between July and September 2017, a 50% increase from the previous year.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 can be viewed here.
How to spot the signs of modern slavery
- No identification such as a passport or driving license
- Dirty, cramped overcrowded living accommodation
- Lacking appropriate clothing or equipment
- Appearing scared, avoiding eye contact
Modern day slavery is a serious crime, any victims will be entitled to help, support and protection. The Salvation Army provides care and support for a minimum period of 45 days. Victims will be given safe accommodation and any medical treatment necessary.
Modern day slavery in businesses and supply chains
The by-products of modern day slavery can easily slip into supply chains whereby companies are purchasing products, companies with a turnover of £36m outlining the steps they have taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not talking place in any part of the business or its supply chains.
Modern Day slavery and local authorities
When anyone from the local authority is inspecting a property they should always be aware of anything suspicious, in some cases it is obvious that illegal activities are being conducted, such as in the case of cannabis being grown at a property. In others it is less conspicuous and might involve a nail bar or farm growing fruit and vegetables or food processing we should all keep a look out for the signs mentioned above.
Remaining vigilant and immediately reporting anything suspicious is paramount, the government has a special helpline and website where cases can be reported 0800 0121 700 or report it online on the modern slavery helpline website.
Our next webinar on Wednesday 12th December will cover why it is important for Excel enforcement agents to be well educated on this subject and will cover the topic in detail, you can sign up here.