AROUND 40 suspected victims of modern slavery are identified in England and Wales every day, new figures suggest.

And no area is safe – predators are undoubtedly subjecting victims in your community to the lifechanging misery of forced servitude.

Slavery can take many forms, from sexual exploitation to county lines cases, forced labour and cannabis cultivation.

But there are some warning signs that are common to most cases, and experts believe you could help to stamp out slavery by learning to spot tell-tale signs.

Anti-slavery charity Unseen have highlighted some things to watch out for in your community.

Isolation – look out for people who:

  • Are rarely allowed to travel on their own
  • Appear to be under the control of others
  • Tend not to interact with others
  • Seem unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work
  • Have relationships which don’t seem right – such as a young teen appearing to be the partner of a much older adult

Restricted freedom of movement – be aware of those who:

  • Don’t have documents that would allow them to travel, such as passports or ID
  • Have limited opportunities to move freely
  • Have few personal possessions
  • Wear the same clothes every day

Reluctance to seek help – think about those who:

  • Avoid eye contact
  • Appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers
  • Fear law enforcers
  • Fear deportation
  • Are unsure who to trust or where to get help
  • Fear violence against them or their family

Physical appearance – consider slavery when you see those who:

  • Show signs of physical or psychological abuse, such as untreated injuries, agitation or neglect
  • Look malnourished or unkempt
  • Wear clothes unsuitable to their work

Poor living conditions – consider reporting situations where people are:

  • Living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation
  • Working and living at the same address

Unusual travel arrangements – keep an eye out for warning signs of:

  • Workers always being dropped off or collected from work, especially in groups
  • Workers being dropped off very early in the morning or very late at night
  • Children being dropped off or picked up in private cars or taxis at unusual times or in places where it is not clear why they would be there

Modern slavery statistics are stark – but the reality for victims is starker still, and you could make a difference by reporting any tell-tale signs of slavery you spot.

To report concerns, contact the police or call the UK Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline on 08000 121 700.

Alternatively, register your concerns online.