Crimestoppers and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority launch a campaign to raise awareness of

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To tackle the growing issue of modern slavery, Crimestoppers and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have launched a campaign to help the public understand the signs to look out for, and encourage them to report their suspicions anonymously.

Modern slavery is a horrific and often hidden crime which destroys lives and damages communities and has no place in any civilised society. It takes a variety of forms, many of which operate openly in public places. To highlight this issue, Crimestoppers and the GLAA are running a social media campaign which will highlight the signs to spot.

Posts will be published on Crimestoppers’ [Facebook]https://www.facebook.com/crimestoppers/”Facebook”) and Twitter channels; as well as the GLAA’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

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 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

Emily Van der Lely, Crimestoppers Lead on Slavery, said: “It’s so awful to hear that slavery is even an issue in this day and age, but we want to reassure victims that it is an issue that is taken extremely seriously, and make it clear to perpetrators that they will be found and prosecuted.

“By launching this campaign, we will educate the public as to the signs to spot and let them know that they can take action on this horrendous crime, without compromising their anonymity. They will never have to give a statement to police, or go to court. No-one will ever know where the information came from.”

Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive of the GLAA, said: “The public need to understand and be aware that modern slavery is happening right now, in and around the communities they live.

“Exploiting someone for their labour, forcing them to work, using people as commodities – these practices are abhorrent and we need the public’s help to stamp it out. Crimestoppers’ support will be invaluable in giving people the confidence to report their concerns.”

If you suspect modern slavery, you can report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their online form at: www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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