Sense it. Spot it.
? Count the signs. If you see one or more of these signs at a property consider making a referral to the appropriate organisation. Alongside these specific signs can you identify any signs that suggest movement, recruitment, deception, coercion or exploitation?
What is domestic servitude?
Someone held in domestic servitude is held within the employer's home and could be forced to provide household errands from care for children and/or elderly dependents, cleaning, cooking, taking care of the laundry, shopping for food and gardening.
At the property
Does the person appear to be working in excess of normal hours or are they "on-call" 24 hours per day?
Is the person from an African country? Typically domestic servants will be women from Africa but this is not exclusive. Cases of young boys are not uncommon.
Does the person ever leave the house without their employer present?
If the person is allowed out of the house, is it only to take the children to school?
Does the person appear to have makeshift or inappropriate sleeping arrangements? It will often be on a sofa, in a cubby holes, under the stairs, in the children's bedrooms or even on the kitchen floor.
Does the person eat alone and are they given the family's leftovers? Poor diet is not uncommmon.
Does the person interact much with the family? A servant typically wouldn't.
Is there any indication that the person has been subject to abuse, insults, threats or violence?
If they are a child or minor is there any concern about their attendance at school or age-appropriate time given to play?
Is the person in possession of their legal documents? They may be held by the employer.
If the servant is working for a husband and wife, are they both aware of the situation? Typically all parties would be.
Are the communications the person is allowed to have restricted by the employer?
Is the person lacking self esteem or do they seem quite anxious?