Domestic slavery is when someone is held in a house against their will. They are forced to work long hours, in unacceptable conditions, with little or no pay.
We hope that by raising awareness within communities where we know the prevalence of this heinous crime is particularly high, people will report concerns, and so help victims escape their situations, and help stamp out modern slavery.
There are signs you can look out for that might indicate someone is being used as a domestic slave, for example:
- Do they never leave the house on their own?
- Do they seem afraid or anxious?
- Do they work in excess of normal hours or seem to be on call 24/7?
- Are they unable to contact their friends or family?
- Has the person ever been harmed? Or are they deprived of decent food, water, sleep or medical care?
- Have they had their Passport or documents taken from them?
- Do they stand out from other members of the family? For example, are they quieter, do they wear worn out clothes, or eat the rest of the family’s leftovers?
Download HERE - Flyer on how to spot the signs of domestic slavery. To report concerns, seek advice or get help call the confidential Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 012 1700 or visit their website here, Watch our video on how we support victims of modern slavery, and essential statistics on our work combatting this crime.
If you have concerns about someone or believe you yourself may be a victim of modern slavery then please call The Salvation Army’s 24/7 confidential helpline on 0300 303 8151. Or if you believe you or someone you know is in immediate danger then please contact the police and dial 999.