Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
Modern slavery includes human trafficking and holding human beings in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
Slavery happens to men, women and children of all ages.
Signs of slavery in the UK and elsewhere are often hidden, making it even harder to recognise victims around us.
It could be happening in your area.
It could be happening right in front of your eyes; you could be a victim of modern slavery or you may know someone who is.
Slavery is closer than you think – watch the Modern Slavery campaign TV advert to find out more.
What are the Signs of Modern Slavery?
For information on what signs to look out for visit the Modern Slavery website.
Operation Eagle is the Sussex Police response to modern slavery.
We are continually reviewing and updating the knowledge and understanding of modern slavery amongst our own staff.
In addition we continue to work with our partner agencies across Sussex to improve recognition and understanding of modern slavery.
By giving our staff and officers the right tools and guidance to identify and confidently recognise the warning signs, we will build a better picture of this type of crime, thereby enabling us to target the perpetrators and safeguard victims.
Sussex Police regularly carries out enquiries and investigations into potential cases of human trafficking and exploitation. Any potential victims identified are referred to the UK Human Trafficking Centre which determines whether they receive trafficking status.
Victims of Modern Slavery
If think you are a victim of modern slavery or know someone who is, it is important that you report it.
If you are reporting a potential victim, do not attempt to let the victim know you have reported it or confront the traffickers. You need to ensure their safety and yours.
You can report modern slavery in the following ways:
Remember to always call 999 if you are in danger.
Sussex Police are supporting the Home Office and NSPCC national campaign against modern slavery. The aim of the campaign is to help the public to identify the signs of slavery and report it by calling the new national helpline – 0800 0121 700.
There are numerous anti-slavery charities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that support victims of modern slavery. Links to these various organisations can be found below:
The Salvation Army are committed to supporting victims - both men and women - of modern slavery. The specialist support programme is designed to preserve the dignity of victims, protect and care for them in safe.
Unseen UK provides specialist care to fight against slavery. Through supporting survivors, they provide a safe place to recover from trauma and rebuild their lives.
Barnardo’s is one of the few organisations in the UK that provides direct one-to-one support for trafficked children through three specialist anti-trafficking services in London, Hampshire and Manchester. Barnardo’s also supports trafficked children in a specialist fostering service in the South East and a residential unit for child victims of trafficking in Glasgow.
The Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) provides free guidance and training to professionals concerned that a child or young person has been or is about to be trafficked into or out of the UK.