Leading anti-trafficking charity Hope for Justice is urging the public to use Anti-Slavery Week (October 12th to 18th) to learn to spot the signs of modern slavery and how best to respond.
The charity has created a Digital Resources Pack full of infographics, social media posts, posters and other materials for people to learn from and share themselves during the week, in the lead-up to the tenth annual Anti-Slavery Day on Sunday, October 18th.
Hope for Justice UK & Europe Programme Director, Paul McAnulty, said: “Anti-Slavery Day and the week leading up to it is an ideal time for people and organisations to take a few small steps that can ultimately be life-changing for victims of this barbaric crime. It is so important that people know what to look out for, and what to do if they do see something.”
At Hope for Justice, more than half of referrals of information to us about potential victims of modern slavery come from people and organisations we have trained or who have used our resources to learn the spot the common indicators of modern slavery.
Look out for:
-Houses or flats with too many people, all picked up / dropped off at same time
-Workers who seem scared, confused or have untreated injuries
-Lack of safety equipment
-Long or unusual working hours, few or no documents, low or no pay
-One person speaking on behalf of many others, who may avoid eye contact or conversation
-Lights on at workplaces at strange times – are people living there?
Modern slavery is a complex and often hidden crime that can take many forms – one of the most common being forced labour, reflected in the indicators listed above. Other forms include trafficking for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, and forced criminality (for example ‘county lines’ gangs using vulnerable young people to transport and sell drugs). Some of these forms have specific indicators, which can be found in more detailed form at www.hopeforjustice.org/signs from where posters and other materials can also be downloaded.
A number of businesses and organisations are partnering with Hope for Justice and running campaigns to coincide with Anti-Slavery Week – we will be sharing some of those this week on our website and social media channels.
For more materials such as videos and printed items from Hope for Justice, or for Anti-Slavery Week support and advice, email: email@example.com
In the UK, contact Hope for Justice on 0300 008 8000 (local rate call) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report a concern. Hope for Justice’s helpline is open during office hours only; if you cannot reach us, we advise that you call Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111. IMPORTANT: If you have reason to believe a person is in immediate danger, call 999 first.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Hope for Justice is a global charity founded in the UK in 2008. We work to end modern slavery and human trafficking with an effective, proven multi-disciplinary model that is replicable, scalable, and widely admired.
The charity has directly rescued almost 1,000 victims of modern slavery and has assisted in the rescue of many others. In July 2019, Hope for Justice received global media attention for our integral role in bringing down the trafficking gang behind the largest case ever exposed in the UK, working with police via Operation Fort.
Last year we reached more than 100,000 children globally through our outreach and community education initiatives designed to prevent human trafficking. We reintegrated more than 1,000 at-risk children to their families or family-based care.
Hope for Justice owns and runs an innovative social enterprise, Slave-Free Alliance, which provides consultancy, training and resources to businesses that are seeking to protect their operations and supply chains from modern slavery.
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