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15 years of abuse - modern slavery survivor speaks out

Merseyside / July 30

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 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.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Tens of thousands of vulnerable people are believed to be enslaved and trafficked in the UK every year. Yet only a very small proportion of cases are brought to the attention of the police and other authorities.

“We need to change that. One way we can do that is by raising awareness of this issue among the public, so they know how to spot the warning signs, know how to report it when they believe someone may be enslaved and can play their part in stopping modern slavery.

"I hope this man’s bravery in speaking out will give others confidence to seek help or speak out if they have concerns.”

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.