Modern slavery can affect people of all ages, gender and races and includes a range of different forms of exploitation. 

Modern slavery is illegal and is defined as the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation. Slavery is called a hidden crime because it can be difficult to identify a victim.

There have been cases of people escaping and reporting the situation to the police. However, many are physically unable to leave their work sites without an escort and are not free to contact family, friends, or members of the public.

If you feel that you are a victim of slavery it is important that you seek help as soon as you are able to. There are people who will provide you with the help and support you need to break free from slavery.

Contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 01 21 700, lines are open 24 hours a day and are free from landlines and most mobile phones.

You can also report a concern on the Modern Slavery Helpline website, an advisor will read it within 24 hours and decide what action needs to be taken.

For more information visit Gov.Wales.

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