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CRIMESTOPPERS URGING ISLANDERS TO SPOT SIGNS AND SPEAK UP WHEN THEY SEE ACTS OF MODERN SLAVERY

CrimestoppersnewlogoAmid a surge in modern slavery, Crimestoppers is asking people in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight to spot the signs and speak up

In a new campaign, the charity Crimestoppers is asking people in Hampshire to raise the alarm about modern-day slavery anonymously, as the number of victims has vastly increased over the past decade.

There has been an 870% rise in referrals of potential victims of modern slavery in the past 10 years.  And it is estimated that 130,000 people are currently subjected to slavery in the UK.

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The true scale of people being exploited, abused and used as modern slaves is unknown as most victims suffer silently behind closed doors. This type of exploitation is typically hidden in plain sight without us even realising it.

Modern slavery can take many forms including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude, debt bondage and forced criminal and commercial sexual exploitation.

Crimestoppers is encouraging people to be aware of the signs of exploitation and to report their concerns anonymously in order for victims to be identified and safeguarded and for those behind it to face justice

In recent years Unseen, the anti-slavery charity, has seen a worrying rise in calls about care sector workers being abused. It follows changes in the rules to make it easier for overseas social care staff to work in the UK, with the aim of filling thousands of job vacancies.

Most exploited care workers are women from overseas, working long and gruelling hours – often 20 hours each day. In some cases, they earn as little as £2 per hour. Those most at risk appear to be care workers from India, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Some have paid huge sums of money to unscrupulous employers or recruitment agencies to come to the UK on special visas designed to fill vacancies in the care sector. Often the workers do not understand their rights in the UK, which leaves them vulnerable to further abuse.

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Signs of modern slavery to spot:

  • Workers being transported between venues by their employer
  • Victims may be confined to their place of work
  • Limited freedom to leave or communicate with others
  • Long shifts without adequate breaks or rest
  • Victims may lack legal status or proper work permits
  • Personal and professional documents and I.D. held by employers
  • Underpayment or non-payment of wages
  • Multiple workers living in the same accommodation – especially multiple staff in one room
  • Signs of staff having to live in inappropriate spaces – floor/shed/out-house/garage
  • Looking to another to speak for them or someone insisting on speaking for others
  • Staff kept out of the way during a visit or engagement
  • Members of staff unable to communicate with their clients effectively
  • Signs of physical abuse such as unexplained injuries, bruises, or scars
  • Neglect in terms of health and safety.

Contact the charity Crimestoppers and stay 100% anonymous by calling 0800 555 111 at any time or by completing a secure online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org. A dedicated website and service for young people can be found at Fearless.org with advice on how to keep safe and how to report anonymously.

Beth Simpson, Hampshire Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said:

“We know victims of modern slavery are living in fear of the people who have trafficked or enslaved them. Our charity is fully behind efforts to get them out of their exploitative and often inhumane circumstances. They often do not know their rights or how to raise concerns.

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“You may be someone who goes to a nail salon or to a car wash, or you could be someone visiting a care setting or attending an adult day care centre to visit an older relative. Those who are victims need people like us to speak up on their behalf, so please be aware so you can spot the signs of exploitation and contact us 100% anonymously.

“Crimestoppers UK Contact Centre is open 24/ 7, 365 days a year. We can be contacted via our website and on the phone. Your information can make all the difference to someone’s life.”

With Crimestoppers and Fearless, when you visit these sites, computer IP addresses are never traced. Telephone calls are never recorded, there is no caller line display and no 1471 facility. The charity is completely independent of the police and guarantees that your personal identity will always be protected. 

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I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
7 days ago

The irony of this vile trade is, it is most often the ethnics who are forever forcing a guilt trip on the Western countries who were years ago involved in the slave trade, who are now the ones still carrying out this ugly practice.

Proving as if we needed it, that, had they centuries ago, have had the ‘upper hand’ they would have no qualms about enslaving us, as they do so to their own people.

See these beings for what a huge proportion really are, not some ‘victim’ but the perpetrators of much of the countries and worlds most vilest crimes.

JAMES jenson
JAMES jenson
Reply to  I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
7 days ago

Whilst an accurate assumption, our wonderful BBC and much other media, have done such a wonderful job of subtly brainwashing the masses to believe that anything such people do, is always our fault.

They will cherry pick a white British modern slave trader, to highlight, even if they have to scour through countless non white British to find, just to keep this agenda going.

Surely you have noticed anything modern has to show these always in a good light now?

They are always the detective, never the criminal, all ad’s show mixed families, never a single mum dumped with hued children, even our history prog’s will have the presenter searching a thousand skulls to find a ethnic fragment to ‘show’ that, such were here Centuries ago.

Barry's-son
Barry's-son
Reply to  JAMES jenson
7 days ago

Whilst the young know no better, anyone over a certain age will know that pre the mass invasion, when such were only in inner city ghettos, life was so much nicer everywhere else, and crime was far lower.

Stabbings, shootings and rape were then rare, gang rape just something seen in America where they then had far more.

We all know many are lovely, but even ‘lovely’ people take up a house, another piece of our vanishing countryside, another person to wait behind for health care, another person to add landfill, sewage, to consume energy, water, to need a car, or to be on crowded public transport. And that is just the issues from the decent… The rest…watch crimewatch, oh they banned it as mostly ‘them’

Drifter-Wood
Drifter-Wood
Reply to  JAMES jenson
7 days ago

Certainly anyone now watching tv would think this was already a black majority country.

The ad’s are almost all coloureds, as are signs, posters, etc.

Trying to force us to accept the unacceptable my uncle says.

I guess the authorities are afraid of a backlash, so keep any crimes via such low key, yet anywhere when they can be shown, as you say, in prominent positions is overly played.

Just builds greater resentment unless mixing happens naturally, and by that I don’t mean allowing in boat loads for Labour to give an amnesty too. The country is finished, not for a while, but forever as time will make it all worse.

Richard
Richard
Reply to  I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
7 days ago

And yet we still allow immigrants from countries who support openly degradation of women and slavery with open arms

Gerrard Maggot
Gerrard Maggot
Reply to  Richard
7 days ago

The weak think that they will change, but all that happens is our society grows ever worse and degrades to their low level.

Enoch was right all too late now

Eve Nigh
Eve Nigh
Reply to  I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
6 days ago

This is one of the main reasons why our foster and adoption homes keep begging anyone to take a child. For many are now from foreigners, and se x slave workers, heaven help those who take this vile mix of dna and expect to have a decent child from a sex worker and an unknown client.

Unchecked immigration has caused so many problems but is hidden from us, to prevent an outcry. Diseases once though gone forever, VD is massive thanks to these beings, and now we are ‘expected’ to not only pay for, but to adopt their wombs contents too.

Send them all back, no wonder our grandparents kept such at arms length.

Roland Butter
Roland Butter
7 days ago

Strange really as slavery was long since abolished in Britain, that is until Whitehall and Westminster decided to rub our noses in diversity from 1997 onwards

Tony
Tony
Reply to  Roland Butter
7 days ago

Very very subtle.

Jonny
Jonny
Reply to  Roland Butter
6 days ago

Yep,blair started it,w⚓️ needs to be in prison.

Mr Smith
Mr Smith
7 days ago

Sounds like most UK Companies, unless having a cushy
Government employed job.

Working for Councils, NHS, Fire Service and Police etc
are the best jobs, excellent pensions, excellent sick pay and
excellent salaries, not forgetting many of the perks
NHS Staff get etc, etc.

Sidney Snottius
Sidney Snottius
Reply to  Mr Smith
7 days ago

If working for the NHS is so cushy, why do they have a staffing crisis?

Mr Smith
Mr Smith
Reply to  Sidney Snottius
7 days ago

Because of Brexit many members of staff returned home,
hence the shortage of staff..

Truth seeker statistic lover
Truth seeker statistic lover
Reply to  Sidney Snottius
5 days ago

There is no shortage just what they want you to believe. 45,000 more doctors than a decade ago in NHS and 76,000 more nurses than a decade ago. So definitely no shortage of staff!!

Old school
Old school
7 days ago

Modern slavery: being white, middle aged, working 40 hrs for minimum wage, not qualifying for a raft of benefits because you haven’t spaffed out precious darlings, and qualifying to pay heavily for everything.
Added to which being cancelled and talked down at every available opportunity.
Like if you live in the real world, hate if you have your snout in the trough!

Jane doe
Jane doe
Reply to  Old school
7 days ago

Not sure what skin colour has to do with any of this. Seems like there is a lot of racist comments going on. You don’t have to earn a minimum wage there are plenty of jobs above that paygrade. You just have to earn them and minimum wage is alot more than £2 a hour and nor are you restricted on what you can spend it on or have your social life restricted. 40 hours a week would seem quite cushy to those forced to do 20 hour shifts. No idea why you are taking a swipe at parents either, there’s plenty of people out there that work super hard and have kids especially those that are single parents and have no support network around them. It’s not usually a choice to be a single parent so you shouldn’t begrudge them getting financial help.

MS A HARDY
MS A HARDY
Reply to  Jane doe
6 days ago

Jane, most of the people who comment on this site are not worth wasting time on, they are beyond repair. Glad you are not one of them.

Sarah
Sarah
Reply to  MS A HARDY
6 days ago

I’m another who hates racism in any shape or form. Unfortunately, we seem to be a tiny minority on the island.

Andrew vowles
Andrew vowles
7 days ago

Does the minimum wage being £11 an hour count?

Old school
Old school
Reply to  Andrew vowles
7 days ago

Not at todays prices and the extra costs of living especially on this island.

Justin
Justin
Reply to  Andrew vowles
7 days ago

£11 an hour not worth getting out of bed for.

Benefit claimers earn much more
Free rent, free or reduced Council tax, some have free vehicles
plus much more.
Lol

Jonny
Jonny
6 days ago

I thought the minimum wage was modern slavery?
considering most employers on the island do not like paying a decent wage,and try to get away with paying the bare minimum,and put pressure on people to get every single pennies worth out of them,then expect them to be grateful.

Wit Less
Wit Less
5 days ago

Staggering amount of racist BS on this post.

Broc Silva
Broc Silva
3 days ago

Where to start… Nail bars, kebab shops, curry houses, Chinese restaurants, rich people with Filipino maids, deliveroo cyclists, everyone doing cash in hand work, all the dodgy P&O staff… You get the idea.

 

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