“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 videos 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, 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.”
Sussex PCC Katy Bourne comments:
“I support West Yorkshire’s powerful campaign and commend this man who has bravely shared his experiences to help raise awareness of this crime, which is often hidden in plain sight. He has shown just how extremely vulnerable these victims are and the lengthy ordeal many are forced to endure.
"We all have a responsibility to work together to protect them and this is why two years ago I funded a modern slavery coordinator to better understand the complexities and scale of these crimes across Sussex.
"There is now a county-wide process and all local authorities, along with Sussex Police, are engaged with it to make sure we are doing everything we possibly can.
"However, we still rely on the public to report vital intelligence. I hope that this campaign will help to encourage communities to be vigilant for warning signs of modern slavery.”
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.
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.
All 4 videos are listed below:
Forced labour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnaWpJvB60Y
How it affected https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z7N2Yzry68
Living conditions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSNjV06tyL0
Support for victims https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPogjD87hDo