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Victim of Modern Slavery Speaks Out

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“If I didn’t work I got beaten up” – Modern Slavery survivor speaks of 15 years of abuse

A survivor of modern slavery who spent 15 years trapped in forced labour has spoken out to help raise public awareness of the issues.

Four video clips of the survivor are being released today to mark UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

The videos highlight the treatment the survivor suffered at the hands of criminals and the partnership support he has subsequently received.

The survivor, who is being supported in West Yorkshire by Palm Cove Society requested he remain anonymous and said:

“I was forced to dig out driveways ready for block paving and tarmacking, and if I didn’t work, I got beaten up.”

“I was in a trailer, no windows in it, no doors, and every time it rained I got wet.”

“It affected me a lot because they were taking my money off me.”

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter said: "Modern slavery is very real and it is happening right now in our communities. It is important that we raise awareness of this vile trade in vulnerable people and learn to spot the signs that may indicate someone is being held in servitude.  
"I have provided funding to Humberside Police for dedicated Modern Slavery officers and to the Wilberforce Institute for a coordinator to work with organisations such as the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership. Communities continue to have a key role to play in stopping this from happening. We need you to report any suspicions, no matter how small, to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or to the Police on 101."

General indicators of human trafficking or modern slavery can include signs of physical or psychological abuse, fear of authorities, irregular activity at homes or addresses, poor living conditions and working long hours for little or no pay. By reporting suspicions you could be saving a lives.

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Forced labour

How it affected him

Living conditions

Support for victims

Posted on Tuesday 30th July 2019