Our use of cookies We use necessary cookies to make our site work. Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, website analytics and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our privacy policy.

To agree to our use of cookies, click the 'Accept' button. No, give me more info
Accept
 

Modern Slavery

Introduction

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. In its wider sense, it often includes:

  • sexual exploitation
  • forced or bonded labour
  • human trafficking
  • criminal exploitation
  • financial exploitation
  • domestic servitude
  • child slavery
  • offences under the Protection of Children Act 1978 or the Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • forced or early marriage

Someone is in slavery if they are forced to work; owned or controlled by an 'employer'; dehumanised; treated as a commodity or property; or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.

There is no typical victim of slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities and nationalities.

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 They may look malnourished or unkempt or appear withdrawn.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

Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 to get help, report a suspicion or seek advice

Staffordshire Police call 101

Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Office website

Staffordshire County Council Modern Day Policy Statement

This statement sets out the steps Staffordshire County Council are taking to help detect and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our services, businesses and supply chains.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement (153 KB)

There are no results that match your search criteria


Latest community news
Residents and businesses get set for Birmingham 2022 cycling event

Residents and businesses get set for Birmingham 2022 cycling event

With under a month to go until the start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, residents and business in South Staffordshire can now find out more about a cycling event in their area and how it could impact them.
Date:
29 June 2022
Cannock library users can have their say on future plans

Cannock library users can have their say on future plans

Visitors to Cannock library can have their say next month on outline proposals for a possible relocation of the service to a new multi-purpose cultural hub.
Date:
29 June 2022
Don't let Covid ruin your summer holiday plans

Don't let Covid ruin your summer holiday plans

Residents are being urged to get protected this summer to avoid holiday disappointment.
Date:
28 June 2022
Residents reminded to get protected after a rise in Covid cases

Residents reminded to get protected after a rise in Covid cases

Residents are being urged to get vaccinated, after a national rise in Covid-19 cases.
Date:
22 June 2022

Visit the Staffordshire Newsroom

Contacting the chat service.

Please wait...
Chat with us
digital assistant
Enter your question below