"If I didn't work I got beaten up" - Modern Slavery survivor speaks of 15 years of abuse

Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700

A survivor of modern slavery who spent 15 years trapped in forced labour has spoken out to help raise public awareness of the issues.

Four videos of the survivor are being released today to mark UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

The videos highlight the treatment the survivor suffered at the hands of criminals and the partnership support he has subsequently received.

The survivor, who is being supported in West Yorkshire by Palm Cove Society requested he remain anonymous and said:

"I was forced to dig out driveways ready for block paving and tarmacking, and if I didn't work, I got beaten up."

"I was in a trailer, no windows in it, no doors, and every time it rained I got wet."

"It affected me a lot because they were taking my money off me."

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: "Shockingly, stories like this are happening all over the country, including here in Wiltshire and Swindon.

"I have spoken before about how this emerging threat is now in the heart of our communities and we must do all we can to support the Police in tackling this issue.

"I would urge the public to remain on the look-out for possible exploitation in their communities and to report any concerns they may have."

Communities continue to have a key role to play in stopping this from happening. We need you to report any suspicions, no matter how small, to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or to the Police.

General indicators of human trafficking or modern slavery can include signs of physical or psychological abuse, fear of authorities, irregular activity at homes or addresses, poor living conditions and working long hours for little or no pay. By reporting suspicions, you could be saving lives.

Videos created by OPCC West Yorkshire:

Forced labour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnaWpJvB60Y  

How it affected - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z7N2Yzry68

Living conditions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSNjV06tyL0

Support for victims - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPogjD87hDo