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Modern Slavery - Indicators

A list of indicators that may suggest someone is a victim of modern slavery

Physical Appearance - show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn and neglected. They may have untreated injuries

Isolation - Rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control, influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work

Poor living conditions - Be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and / or living and working at the same address

Restricted freedom of movement - Have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work
Have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents retained, e.g. passports

Unusual travel times - Be dropped off / collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night

Reluctant to seek help - Avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing who to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation, fear of violence to them or their family.