Spot the Signs

What are the signs of modern slavery? 

Whilst exploitation looks different depending on the situation, some general signs include:

Isolation: Is a person being kept away from, or discouraged from mixing with others? Do a group of foreign nationals keep together, and seem unwilling or unable to mix with others. Are they being watched? Do they seem uncertain of where they are or where they live?

Limited freedom: Do they have access to their documents? Are they kept short of money, or rarely allowed to leave their house or place of work alone? Do they seem nervous around their ‘employer’ or ‘agent’, or suspicious of police or other authority?

Physical appearance: Do they wear the same clothes every day? Do they seem unkempt, nervous or anxious? Are the clothes they’re wearing suitable for the job they’re doing, or for the time of year? Do they have untreated injuries?

Poor living conditions: Do they live at their place of work, such as in a caravan or container onsite? Are there lots of people living at one address? Is the accommodation of poor quality? Are there multiple female foreign nationals living at one address with frequent male visitors who only stay for a short time?

Unusual travel/work arrangements: Are they always dropped off and collected from work? Are they guarded closely? Are the hours they work unusually long? Are they not allowed to handle the money, for example at a car wash or nail bar? Does the business insist on cash only, or seem to have a high turnover of foreign national staff? Is a person living with a family treated badly, or seem scared or withdrawn?