Modern Slavery is real. It is happening in our communities. An unseen crime, it hides in take-away restaurants, hotels, car washes, nail bars and private homes.
The Home Office predicts that there may be as many as 13,000 victims in the UK alone. There is no typical victim of slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages and cut across the population, but it is normally more prevalent amongst the most vulnerable, minority or socially excluded groups.
Slavery is called a hidden crime because it can be difficult to identify victims. Organisations across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton are working together to identify and support victims and pursue perpetrators through the Modern Slavery Partnership which is coordinated and funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
There are some signs that can indicate someone is being exploited, so if you spot anything suspicious, please report it the police or via the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 012 1700.
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