Many people were shocked by a recent BBC programme that revealed that Mo Farah is not really Mo Farah at all and was trafficked here as an illegal immigrant to work as a domestic servant. Such practices are now called 'Modern slavery' and the Metropolitan Police say that it is much more common than we realise.
Besides so-called domestic servitude there are numerous ways of exploiting innocent victims either as prostitutes, or in nail bars and beauty shops, at car washes, as beggars or as kitchen assistants in cafes and restaurants. Often it is women and children who are targeted but it affects men too. The Police have a Modern Slavery and Child Exploitation Task Force and a recent presentation I attended was a complete eye-opener. To find out more about the subject and what to look at out for please use this link To report any suspicions to the Modern Slavery Helpline call 08000 121 700 or make an online report. You can also make a confidential call to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Members of the Task Force are keen to brief local organisations and businesses and you can get in touch by sending an email.