Charity Crimestoppers is asking people in Hampshire to raise the alarm about modern-day slavery anonymously, as the number of victims has seen a significant increase over the past decade.

In 10 years there has been an 870 per cent rise in referrals of potential victims of modern slavery, with an estimated that 130,000 people currently subjected to slavery in the UK.

The true scale of people being exploited, abused and used as modern slaves is unknown as most victims suffer silently behind closed doors. This type of exploitation is typically hidden in plain sight without us even realising it.

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Modern slavery can take many forms including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude, debt bondage and forced criminal and commercial sexual exploitation.

Crimestoppers is encouraging people to be aware of the signs of exploitation and to report their concerns anonymously in order for victims to be identified and safeguarded and for those behind it to face justice.

In recent years Unseen, the anti-slavery charity, has seen a worrying rise in calls about care sector workers being abused. It follows changes in the rules to make it easier for overseas social care staff to work in the UK, to fill thousands of job vacancies.

Most exploited care workers are women from overseas, working long and gruelling hours, often 20 hours each day. In some cases, they earn as little as £2 per hour. Those most at risk appear to be care workers from India, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

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Some have paid huge sums of money to unscrupulous employers or recruitment agencies to come to the UK on special visas designed to fill vacancies in the care sector. Often the workers do not understand their rights in the UK, which leaves them vulnerable to further abuse.

Below is a list of signs of modern slavery:

  • Workers being transported between venues by their employer
  • Victims may be confined to their place of work
  • Limited freedom to leave or communicate with others
  • Long shifts without adequate breaks or rest
  • Victims may lack legal status or proper work permits
  • Personal and professional documents and I.D. held by employers
  • Underpayment or non-payment of wages
  • Multiple workers living in the same accommodation – especially multiple staff in one room 
  • Signs of staff having to live in inappropriate spaces - floor/shed/out-house/garage
  • Looking to another to speak for them or someone insisting on speaking for others
  • Staff kept out of the way during a visit or engagement
  • Members of staff unable to communicate with their clients effectively
  • Signs of physical abuse such as unexplained injuries, bruises, or scars
  • Neglect in terms of health and safety.

Anyone with concerns regarding modern-day slavery can contact the charity Crimestoppers and stay 100 per cent anonymous by calling 0800 555 111 at any time, or by completing a secure online form at A dedicated website and service for young people can be found at with advice on how to keep safe and how to report anonymously.

Hampshire regional manager at Crimestoppers, Beth Simpson, said: “We know victims of modern slavery are living in fear of the people who have trafficked or enslaved them. Our charity is fully behind efforts to get them out of their exploitative and often inhumane circumstances. They often do not know their rights or how to raise concerns.

“You may be someone who goes to a nail salon or to a car wash, or you could be someone visiting a care setting or attending an adult day care centre to visit an older relative. Those who are victims need people like us to speak up on their behalf, so please be aware so you can spot the signs of exploitation and contact us 100% anonymously.

“Crimestoppers UK Contact Centre is open 24/ 7, 365 days a year. We can be contacted via our website and on the phone. Your information can make all the difference to someone’s life.”

Crimestoppers and Fearless is completely independent of the police and guarantees that your identity will always be protected.