Community Safety

Last updated on: 01-Jul-2021

7. Modern Slavery

Gravesham Borough Council has made a firm commitment to tackle modern slavery in our area and has a developed a dedicated Strategy to deal with this issue. The Modern Slavery Strategy includes lots of information on how to spot the signs that slavery and exploitation may be taking place and who to contact if you have any concerns.

Modern slavery can include people trafficking and forced labour as well as:

  • Child trafficking – under 18’s moved into and around the UK in order that they can be exploited for work, prostitution or sexual abuse;
  • Domestic servitude – forcing people to work within private households, carrying out chores and/or childcare duties, often working long hours for little or no pay whilst having their freedom restricted;
  • Criminal exploitation – making people commit crimes, such as pick-pocketing, shoplifting, growing cannabis/manufacturing other drugs and drugs supply.

Other forms of modern slavery that are perhaps not as common include: organ removal (harvesting), forced begging, early and forced marriage and illegal adoption.

Many victims are made to feel indebted to their abusers and have been led into their situation under false pretenses. They may also often be too frightened to seek help themselves. It is also important to remember that victims can be any age, gender, ethnicity or nationality and many victims are British Nationals.

Information on support available to victims of modern slavery can be found on the Home Office website including a leaflet that is available in 11 foreign languages in addition to English.

If you suspect modern slavery, report it to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or Kent Police on 101. In an emergency always call 999.

Modern Slavery Statement 2020-21

Gravesham Borough Council also takes care to ensure that modern slavery does not feature in any of its supply chains for goods and services that the Council commissions. Each year a Modern Slavery Statement is produced to outline the measures the Council has in place to ensure this doesn’t happen and to report on the work that has taken place over the previous 12 months in tackling modern slavery.

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