Modern slavery is happening all over the world, including in the UK. Cambridgeshire is no exception.
STOP THE TRAFFIK’s research and intelligence suggest that labour exploitation is occurring in Peterborough and the surrounding areas.
Some of the commonly affected industries are:
Whilst anyone can be at risk of modern slavery – regardless of age, gender, nationality and socio-economic circumstances – vulnerable people, such as those that are homeless, unemployed, have learning difficulties or complex drug and alcohol issues, are often targeted.
Frequently they are:
In Cambridgeshire, the majority of reported labour exploitation cases have involved UK or Eastern European citizens, with victims being exploited by people of the same nationality.
They struggle to leave because exploiters achieve compliance and maintain control through:
Modern slavery is taking place in plain sight. The first step to stopping it is learning how to spot the signs.
Police: 999 in an emergency or 101 if non-urgent
Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111 to report anonymously
Modern Slavery Helpline: 08000 121 700 for help and advice
Here is an example of a recent campaign post in Cambridgeshire, which raised awareness of labour exploitation in this area: