Vulnerable members of our society are the next victims of modern slavery

The National Crime Agency has warned that thousands of people across the UK are being held in squalor and undertaking forced labour. Combating modern slavery and human trafficking is one of the highest priorities for the National Crime Agency.

Vulnerable members of our society, such as rough sleepers, are often targeted as the next victims of modern slavery. These people find that their dreams turn into a nightmare as their life descends into fear, debt and drudgery.

Mel Stead, Managing Director of Optimal People & Business Services, says “Between 2016 and 2019 there were a shocking 276 cases linking modern slavery and homelessness. It is a truly nationwide problem with the highest three regions for exploitation being; Greater London, Avon and Somerset and Sussex. The key message is to always be aware of modern slavery and be prepared to report it to the Modern Slavery Helpline.”

Make sure you know how to spot the signs of exploitation and report concerns to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

Mel Stead
Managing Director
Optimal PBS

Source: https://lnkd.in/dbwQtCC

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