Modern Day Slavery

Many think that slavery is a problem of the past, something we have left behind and overcome, but sadly modern day slavery is a very real problem.

Modern Day Slavery

What do you see?

We see vulnerable people.

We see potential victims of modern say slavery.


What is modern day slavery?

Modern day slavery is an unseen crime that’s going unnoticed in our local communities. It’s happening all around us in places we might visit on a regular basis. Whether that’s the local hand car wash, a “value for money” nail bar in your nearest town or even the village takeaway – slavery and trafficking is a growing cause for concern across the entire Humber region.

There is no typical victim of modern day slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, but it is normally more prevalent amongst the most vulnerable – including minority groups or those who are socially excluded.

Someone is classed as a victim of slavery if they are:

  • Forced to work through mental or physical threat;
  • Owned or controlled by an ’employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
  • Dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’;
  • Physically constrained or have restrictions placed on his/her freedom.

If you feel that you have reason to suspect trafficking or human exploitation, please dial 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively, to report any intelligence which may aid us in making an arrest call 101, or direct your call anonymously via the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 121 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.

You can also fill in this online form, by clicking here.

By having the courage to report your concerns, you are ensuring that the most vulnerable people in society are safeguarded and protected.


The three most common forms of modern day slavery in our area are:

Forced Labour

Forced Labour

Sexual Exploitation

sexual exploitation

Domestic Servitude

domestic servitude

Top 10 signs of modern day slavery

Potential victims might display any (or many) of the following signs:

  1. Suffering from physical or psychological abuse, appearing withdrawn and looking dishevelled
  2. Never seen travelling alone
  3. Avoiding eye contact and seeming reluctant to have a conversation
  4. Appearing fearful of authorities – in particular, law enforcement
  5. Seeming unfamiliar with the neighbourhood in which they are living and working
  6. Living in overcrowded accommodation
  7. Having very few personal possessions
  8. Having no access to personal ID documents
  9. Being dropped off and collected at work every day – either very early, or very late
  10. Seemingly being under the influence of other people

If you believe someone may be a victim of Modern Day Slavery, please call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively call 101 to report intelligence.

You can also fill in this online form, by clicking here.

Operation Wilberforce

Operation Wilberforce

Operation Wilberforce has been created by Humberside Police to tackle modern day slavery and human trafficking within our area.

It’s made up of a dedicated team who will provide training, support and guidance to colleagues within the police force. They will take the lead in investigating and responding to allegations of modern day slavery and human trafficking.

The specialist team will also build relationships across charities, local authorities, education, health, local communities and local businesses to create a proactive forum to raise awareness, gather intelligence and work together to protect the most vulnerable within society.