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Slavery exists in Wales. Watch the short video to raise your awareness of the signs of slavery.



Slavery in Wales is on the rise. In 2017, 193 referrals of potential victims of slavery were reported. This represents a 57% increase from 2016.

Signs of slavery

Due to the hidden nature of slavery and their reluctance or inability to seek help, you may not realise you've come into contact with a victim. Some of the signs to look out for include:

  • limited family contact
  • physical abuse
  • distrust of authority
  • having no friends
  • acting as if under another's control
  • appearing malnourished
  • disorientation
  • avoiding eye contact
  • unable to speak any English.

‘Caught in Traffick’ (external link)

This film was produced by the Merthyr Tydfil Borough Wide Youth Forum to raise awareness of slavery.

Types of slavery

Men, women and children may be forced into various types of slavery, including:

  • forced prostitution
  • child trafficking
  • criminal exploitation
  • domestic servitude
  • forced labour
  • organ harvesting
  • sexual exploitation.

How to report slavery

Emergency: 999
Non-emergency: 101
Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
Modern slavery helpline: 0800 0121700

Support for victims

Bawso:  0800-731 8147

The Code of Practice for Ethical Employment in Supply Chains

The code commits public, private and third sector organisations to a set of actions that tackle illegal and unfair employment practices. 

More information

Visit Live Fear Free (external link) for more details on slavery.