Know how to spot the signs of Modern Slavery. The signs may include one or more indicators below. Further signs are given relating to the different forms of exploitation. 

  • Appearance

    •   Expression of fear or anxiety 

    •   Untreated injuries and signs of physical or psychological abuse

    •   Evidence of sleep disturbance

    •   Limited access to bathroom of hygiene facilitates

    •   Malnourished 

    •   Wearing same clothes everyday 

    •    No or little safety equipment worn, even if work requires it

  • Behaviour


    •   Signs of psychological trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder) 

    •   Reluctant to seek help

    •   Distrustful of authorities and fear of police

    •   Afraid of deportation or being handed over to authorities 

    •    The person acts as if instructed by another 

    •   Substance misuse 

    •    The person’s words seem scripted and rehearsed

    •   Doesn’t know home or work address 

    •   Lack of access to medical care 

    •   Limited social contact/isolation 

    •   Limited contact with family

  • Other Indicators

    •   Found in or connected to a type of location likely to be used for exploitation 

    •   Passport or documents held by someone else 

    •   They are in debt to their employer 

    •   They are paid little or nothing for their work

    •   Money is deducted from salary for food or accommodation 

    •   Threats against the individual or their family members 

    •   Being placed in a dependency situation 

    •   Offering a service that seems especially cheap

  • Travel

    •   Regularly dropped off / picked up, often in crowded minibus

    •   Rarely allowed to travel alone

    •   Restriction and control of movement and confinement to the workplace or to a limited area 

Report Modern Slavery 

If the person is in immediate

 call the Police on


To get help or report a suspicion call the

Modern Slavery Helpline:

0800 0121 700