Modern slavery is the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation.
Individuals may be trafficked into, out of or within the UK, and they may be trafficked for a number of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting.
It is estimated that there are 13,000 victims and survivors of modern slavery in the UK.
How to spot the signs of Modern Slavery
• A person living at the workplace with the employer
• Someone being housed with multiple people in a cramped living space
• A person who has no identification or travel documents
• Signs of physical abuse and/or psychological effects
• A third party insists on being present or interpreting any conversations
How to report your concerns
You can contact Sefton Council's Safeguarding team via 0345 140 0845 or Merseyside Police on 101 if you or somebody you know is a victim of modern slavery. In an emergency always call 999.
To report a crime anonymously please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
For more information on Modern Slavery and spotting the signs click here.