Modern slavery

One of the biggest contributors to modern slavery is homelessness and destitution. Because of this we sit on the Humber modern slavery partnership, a collective of over 70 front line organisations dedicated to tackling modern slavery in Humberside.

Find more out about HMSP here

We believe we should have a world free of slavery and exploitation for all. With homelessness and poverty being a major contributor to modern slavery we are working on ways to identify those links, support potential victims and remove those desperate circumstances which could lead to someone being exploited. 

One way in which we are working to tackle modern slavery is to develop monitoring and reporting procedures with an on street task force, trained and motivated to investigate potential trafficking rings, sexual exploitation, forced labor and serious financial abuse and manipulation. Working closely with partners as part of the HMSP we are confident we can better support victims, bring perpetrators to justice and raise valuable awareness.

Types of modern slavery;

Human trafficking

Forced labour

Domestic servitude

Sexual exploitation, such as escort work, prostitution and pornography

Debt bondage/bonded labour – being forced to work to pay off debts that realistically they never will be able to

Possible indicators of modern slavery;

Signs of physical or emotional abuse

Appearing to be malnourished, unkempt or withdrawn

Isolation from the community, seeming under the control or influence of others

Living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation and or living and working at the same address

Lack of personal effects or identification documents

Always wearing the same clothes

Avoidance of eye contact, appearing frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers

Fear of law enforcers

The Modern Slavery gives law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery, ensure perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these appalling crimes and enhance support and protection for victims. It received Royal Assent on Thursday 26 March 2015.

The Act is in seven parts. Part 1 consolidates and clarifies the existing offences of slavery and human trafficking whilst increasing the maximum penalty for such offences. Part 2 provides for two new civil preventative orders, the Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order and the Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order. Part 3 provides for new maritime enforcement powers in relation to ships. Part 4 establishes the office of Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner and sets out the functions of the Commissioner. Part 5 introduces a number of measures focused on supporting and protecting victims, including a statutory defence for slavery or trafficking victims and special measures for witnesses in criminal proceedings. Part 6 requires certain businesses to disclose what activity they are undertaking to eliminate slavery and trafficking from their supply chains and their own business. Part 7 requires the Secretary of State to publish a paper on the role of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and otherwise relates to general matters such as consequential provision and commencement.

You can find the full act here