South Wales Police is committed to protecting vulnerable people and this includes those who have been the victim of, or have the potential to be a victim of, modern slavery.
Slavery in Wales is on the rise. In 2016, there were 123 referrals of potential victims of modern slavery.
What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery is the second most profitable crime in the world, second only to drugs. It includes slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.
Victims of this crime may be:
Most victims are brought into the country by human traffickers in order to be exploited. But modern slavery is not limited to overseas trafficking – a number of British citizens are also enslaved and moved around the country.
This video (7 minutes) explains the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking:
Modern Day Slavery is often referred to as a ‘hidden crime’. Victims often do not perceive themselves as being victims, or may be unwilling to seek help due to:
Modern slavery is not limited to cities or industrial areas. These crimes happen to men, women and children and could be taking place on any street in the UK, so it’s important that we all know what signs to look out for.
Some of the most common signs include:
If you’re concerned about someone, don’t be afraid to seek help. You can:
Tackling modern slavery in Wales
The Welsh Government Anti-Slavery Co-ordinator is Stephen Chapman. His role is to make Wales hostile to slavery and to co-ordinate the best possible support for survivors. He is part of the Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group.
There are many resources available if you wish to learn more about modern slavery:
Live Fear Free – Welsh Government information on Modern Slavery
Modern Slavery Helpline – or call 0800 012 1700
Modern Slavery – how the UK is leading the fight (GOV.UK PDF document)
National Crime Agency (NCA) – modern slavery and human trafficking
Salvation Army – or call 0300 303 8151
Stop the Traffik – provides advice, as well as a smartphone app for reporting potential human trafficking
Unseen – charity working towards a world without slavery
Crimestoppers – or call 0800 555 111
Hope for Justice – to end Human Trafficking and Slavery in our generation
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