While awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking is slowly growing, the signs are often hidden, making victims even harder to recognise.
Businesses like nail bars, takeaways, car washes and farms may unknowingly be employing people who have been trafficked into the country – or they could be a cover. Landlords could be providing accommodation to groups of people being controlled or exploited. And taxi companies, petrol stations or hotels may be used when transporting, holding or working victims.
It’s closer than you think
How you can help – be their voice
Find out what to look out for if someone may be at risk of harm by following these links to the Kent Police advice page:
Human Trafficking is when someone is brought into a country (or moved around it) by people who hurt, threaten, frighten and force them to work or do other things they don’t want to do.
It’s a serious violation of the Human Rights Act and illegal.
What should I do if I suspect Human Trafficking or Modern Day Slavery?
You should Kent Police on 101.
If you don’t want to give us your name you can give information to Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use their online form.
Alternatively, you can call the National Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.
How we can help
As soon as you contact us your safety will be our top priority. We’ll work with you and the UK Human Trafficking Centre and the Salvation Army to give you protection, shelter and support.
We’ll investigate those involved and keep you informed about what is happening.
Download the Support for Victims of Human Trafficking leaflet. It’s available in Albanian, Czech, English, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Ugandan, Mandarin, Polish, Romanian, Slovakian, Vietnamese and Yoruba.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger call us on 999.
For support and guidance you can call:
- Salvation Army on their 24-hour confidential helpline on 0300 3038151.
- Unseen’s Modern Day Slavery team on their 24 hour helpline on 08000 121 700. Their helpline provides guidance for people who suspect modern slavery and support for modern slavery victims.
Other sources of help
- National Crime Agency
- Migrant Help UK
- Medaille Trust – Human Trafficking support charity
- Kalayaan – support for migrant domestic workers
- Unseen – support for victims of slavery
- New Pathways – support for victims of rape and sexual abuse
- Refugee Council – supporting refugees in the UK