Modern slavery is the recruitment of a person through the use of force, deception or coercion for the purpose of exploitation. It can take many forms, such as:
The UK Home Office estimated there were up to 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013. It is likely there are many more victims. It is hard to measure because it is a hidden crime.
Victims may to come into contact with health services during exploitation. Primary care is a likely point of contact, along with emergency and maternity services. Spotting the signs of modern slavery can be difficult. Our links and 'how to' guide will help.
Health issues may include:
Modern slavery is a safeguarding issue. Trust your professional instinct that something is not right. If you have concerns about a young person or a child, take immediate action.
If in doubt call the Modern Slavery Helpline, a UK-wide, 24 hour service that you can call for confidential advice. Call 08000 121 700
For bespoke training on how to address modern slavery in a healthcare setting, take a look at VITA Training (link below).
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