9 Signs of Modern Slavery

Slavery isn't confined to the history books. It's happening right now, in front of our eyes. Here's how you can spot it and help to end modern slavery for good.

Restricted freedom of movement

The inability to freely leave one’s home and work site alone is common among victims of modern slavery. Individuals living in these situations may not know the addresses of where they live and work, even being dropped off and collected at their places of employment at unusual times and hours to avoid being seen by the public.

Isolated

Rare interactions among individuals in public and in the workplace, the inability to travel on one’s own, and seeming to be under the control of a dominant figure can be signs of isolation.

Lack of identification

Victims may be unable to identify themselves due to the lack of personal identification and the common practice of creating false and altered documentation.

Absence of belongings

It is not about whether or not the individual is up to date on the latest fashion and technological trends, but rather whether or not they are in possession of their own passport, ID, and if they repeatedly wear the same clothes day after day. What they wear may not be suitable for the weather or for their work.

Avoiding eye contact

It is normal for victims to avoid eye contact, not to be able to trust or form new securing relationships with outside individuals.

Anxious behavior

Showing fear or anxiety, with the idea that they cannot escape their current circumstances is typical behavior among victims.

Poor physical appearance

Victims are typically poorly cared for, living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, receiving little to no food. Showing signs of malnourishment, as well as physical or physiological abuse due to neglect is common.

No financial control

Victims may receive little to no payment for their work and not have access to their earnings. They may be under the perception that they are confined by debt and forced to sign credit agreements and loans.

Reluctance to seek help

After repeated patterns of physical and psychological abuse, it is difficult for a victim to determine who to truly trust and where to actually get help, without fear of further violence and abuse.


What we are doing?

Our modern slavery service has been active since 2011 and we’ve supported over 2,500 victims since then. We provide pan-London outreach support as well as 5 safe houses in London and Kent.

Our Phoenix Project provides volunteer-led, long-term support to victims of modern slavery in partnership with the British Red Cross. Read more about our services here.

We’re also asking you to dig deep in the back of your drawers for your old smart phones. Whether it’s through being able to find their way around London, learn English or just take photos of their children growing up, your unused phone could truly change the life of a victim of modern slavery. Here’s how you can send yours in to us.

From 16-20 October 2018, marking Anti-Slavery Day, we’re hosting #ArtIsFreedom, an art exhibition at the Anise Gallery in Central London celebrating artwork by victims of modern slavery. Pop by for free!