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Modern slavery

Modern slavery takes many forms, from sexual exploitation through to domestic slavery and forced labour, but it is real and it is happening here in Warwickshire.

It is a serious and often hidden crime, making it difficult to recognise and stop. It can happen to anyone, of any age, nationality or gender. That’s why raising awareness of the signs to look out for and the help that is available is so crucial.

There are an estimated 136,000 people in the UK trapped in conditions of modern slavery, some of whom are also the victims of human trafficking.  Worldwide, it is thought that a staggering 4.9 million people find themselves trapped in such conditions.

West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network

Logo of the West Midlands Anti-Slavery NetworkTo help combat modern slavery and human trafficking, the Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioned the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network to expand its work in Warwickshire.  An Independent Modern Slavery Advocate now works with partners including the police and local authorities to help raise community awareness and train front line staff and practitioners with the purpose of reducing the threat of modern slavery across the county.

The aim is to protect communities and make them more resilient to modern slavery, with prevention activity to reduce the risk of becoming involved in exploitation.

Crucially, the service also helps provide support to victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, to help them cope and recover from their ordeal.

How To Report A Concern

The West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network has a wealth of information on how to spot the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as information for victims and survivors.  You can find out more at:

If you or someone you know is a victim of any form of exploitation, or you suspect someone may be at risk of exploitation, you can contact your local District or Borough Council, or Warwickshire Police on 101. In an emergency call 999.

Alternatively you can contact the independent Modern Slavery Helpline to report any suspicions or concerns about individuals, premises or locations. Businesses can also call for advice. Call 0800 0121 700 or report