Spot the Signs

General indicators of modern slavery



Appears malnourished, hungry or unkempt Withdrawn/neglected
May appear very tired/drugged/drunk
Wearing the same clothes every day
Wearing incorrect clothes/equipment for their work Untreated injuries


Rarely allowed to travel alone
Unusual travel times or travel early in the morning/late at night Transport provided to and from work, often overcrowded vehicles


Dirty or overcrowded accommodation
Living at their place of work
Appears unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work


Reluctant to seek help or leave their situation Avoiding eye contact
Frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers Afraid of the police/people in authority
Fear of deportation & the risk of violence to themselves/their family


Cannot show ID documents
Unable to come and go freely
Seem under the control or influence of others Having someone else speak on their behalf


Mood swings
Angry, upset or withdrawn
Showing inappropriate sexual behaviour Inappropriately dressed for their age
Go missing at night or weekends
Not attending school
Having unexplained gifts or presents


It is important that you report any suspicions of modern slavery. View the details below.

Modern Slavery Helpline

Report or seek advice if you suspect someone is in modern slavery.
08000 121 700

Emergency Services

Ring 999 in an emergency.


Ring 101 if you witness suspicious activity.

Norfolk County Council

0344 800 8020 (only emergencies outside Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm)

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

Report concerns around labour exploitation. 0800 432 0804 / Open Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice Centre

Information and advice.
0808 800 5000

Salvation Army

Referral Helpline.
0300 303 8151