HOPS works closely with its overseas partners and UK host employers to ensure its workers are not victims of modern slavery.
There are physical and behavioural indicators they may mean someone is being exploited and these signs which have been taken from the Clewer Initiative website, are important to be aware of:
- Show signs of physical or psychological abuse and untreated injuries
- Look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn and neglected
- Seem under the control or influence of others
- Wear the same clothes every day
- Wear no safety equipment even if their work requires it
- Living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation
- Living and working at the same address
- Appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work
- Rarely allowed to travel on their own
- Collected and dropped off on a regular basis early in the morning or late at night
- In a crowded minibus with other workers
- Have no control of their identification documents such as their passport
- Reluctant to seek help and avoid eye contact
- Appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers
- Fear of police, don’t know who to trust or where to get help
- Afraid of deportation, and risk of violence to them or their family
HOPS is a member of the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and farms and workers can contact them with concerns.
Please look at training for staff to help them support your work force, the Government provide training and toolkits online.
If you have concerns that any worker may be a victim of Modern Slavery please get in touch with HOPS, report it to the GLAA or call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.