To mark national anti-slavery day (18 October), the Safer Slough Partnership is launching a hard-hitting campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery.
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. Victims are trapped in servitude, which they were deceived or coerced into and they feel they cannot leave.
Modern slavery includes:
It happens across the world and UK. It is also happening in Slough.
In Slough, there have been more than 20 reported cases of modern slavery since January 2018. Members of the Safer Slough Partnership, believe this is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ and there are many more instances which haven’t been reported.
The campaign will feature on buses and bus shelters across the town and will also go out on the social media channels of the partnership’s members, with the aim to inform residents that this could be happening on their doorstep.
There are five questions which may indicate that someone is a victim of modern slavery. These are:
It is hoped that as a result of this awareness campaign, more people will come forward and report any instances of modern slavery by calling the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.
You can also call 999 in an emergency or 101 if you have a concern about modern slavery.
For more information visit the Unseen UK website.
If you want to help raise awareness of modern slavery in Slough, there are a number of ways you can help.
Safe Car Wash – Help end modern slavery in hand car washes with the Safe Car Wash App. Modern slavery is happening in car washes across the country. But only with anecdotal evidence, and partial understanding of the scale of the problem, law enforcement need the public’s help to map this issue. The Safe Car Wash App has been created to mobilise communities and help gather information about hand car washes in the UK.
Download the Safe Car Wash App on your phone and use it every time you go to a hand car wash. The app will take you through the most obvious indicators of modern slavery, asking you questions to determine whether those signs are present or not, If there is a high likelihood of modern slavery in the car wash, you will be prompted to call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700.
Unseen – recognise and report modern slavery or seek help through the Unseen App. The Unseen App provides a guide to understanding how women, men and children can be exploited and spotting the signs of modern slavery. It also makes reporting concerns or suspicions to Unseen’s Modern Slavery Helpline easy – you can either fill in a report or call direct at the click of a button.
To help spread the message about modern slavery, here are some materials that you might want to use in your organisation.