Modern Slavery – What is it?
Modern slavery is real. It is happening in our communities. An unseen crime, it hides in take-aways, hotels, car washes, nail bars and private homes.*(www.unseenuk.org). Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Traffickers and slave drivers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment
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. *(Home Office)
What do we do about it?
Did you know there is a national requirement to create a Modern Slavery Partnership and it is likely that something will soon be developed across Dorset. Bournemouth is part of a national pilot using the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying and referring potential victims of modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support.
If you have any concerns or want to make a referral the first point of contact for an adult is Dorset Police on 101 or the Safeguarding referral unit. For a person under 18 years of age then contact Children First on 01202 458101 or MASH@bournemouth.gov.uk
For information the forms used for the NRM are visible here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/human-trafficking-victims-referral-and-assessment-forms
How to report it and Where to go for further advice:
- If you have any concerns regarding Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking call Dorset Police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.
- Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
- Dorset Police - Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery
- UK Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700
The Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre can provide victims, the public, statutory agencies and businesses access to information and support on a 24/7 basis. It will:
- help them access relevant services, including Government-funded support through the National Referral Mechanism
- Statutory agencies can call to gain support in dealing with potential victims, and to receive guidance in accessing all the information and tools available through the associated Resource Centre
- Businesses can call for information, advice and also to report any concerns they have about potential instances of modern slavery in their operations
- Members of the public and those delivering services on the front-line can also report any modern slavery suspicions or concerns about individuals, premises or locations