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18th October marks Anti-Slavery Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking. Created by the Anti-Slavery Day Act, the day acknowledges the millions of men, women and children who continue to be victims of slavery, deprived of their basic human dignity and freedom. The Act provides a broadened definition of the word slavery, including trafficking for sexual exploitation, child trafficking, trafficking for forced labour and domestic servitude.

On this day we consider how we can identify indicators of modern slavery and the support available for those affected. The Modern Slavery Statutory Guidance examines how it is not easy to identify a potential victim of slavery, as there are many different physical and psychological indicators of modern slavery. These are not limited to, but include the following:

  • believe that they must work against their will
  • be unable to leave their work or home environment
  • show constant fear or anxiety
  • suffer injuries that appear to be the result of an assault
  • have false documents or none at all
  • not know their home or work address
  • allow others to speak for them when addressed directly
  • be distrustful of authorities
  • work excessively long hours over long periods of time
  • not having days off

Physical indicators can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • physical injuries
  • dental problems
  • disfigurements
  • branding or tattoos

With this in mind, charities such as Justice and Care and British Red Cross provide care and support to survivors of trafficking and slavery, both in the form of short-term emergency response and longer-term support.

Today is to raise awareness, highlight and support those vulnerable individuals subject to illegal trafficking and slavery.


Speak to a knowledgeable and experienced human rights solicitor today by contacting Ramsdens Solicitors. For a confidential discussion, please contact the Ramsdens Abuse team on 0113 877 1834 or email