Essex Police has launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery.
The #BeAVoice campaign aims to raise awareness of modern slavery in Essex. Victims could be living or working nearby - often hidden and suffering behind closed doors.
Modern slavery includes people who are forced to work against their will or controlled by a so-called 'employer’ who uses mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse. Alongside forced labour, modern day slavery also includes crimes such as sexual exploitation.
Victims commonly do not have control of their money and often owe large amounts to the abuser for housing, travel and food. They often feel as though they have no means of escape and are to scared or unable to seek help.
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