Recognise the Victims

Victims of modern slavery can be of any age, race or gender. There is no ‘typical’ victim. It is commonly held that often they are in the kitchens of your favourite restaurants, waiting on tables, working in hotels, living in your neighbourhoods. Here’s what we can do and ask ourselves.

What are they like?

Do they appear disconnected from family, friends, community organisations or houses of worship?
 Do they seem under the control or influence of others?
 Do they wear the same clothes every day?
 Do they display a sudden or dramatic change in behaviour?
 Are there signs of physical or psychological abuse and untreated injuries?
 Do they display signs of being fearful, timid or submissive? 
 Do they appear to be coached on what to say?
 Are they engaged in exploitative sex acts?
 For children, have they stopped attending school?

Where are they living?

 Is the person living in unstable conditions, eg. dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation?
 Is the person unfamiliar with the neighbourhood or where they work?    
 Is the person showing signs of having been denied food, water, sleep or medical care?
 Is the person lacking personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
 Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave their place of accommodation? Is there unreasonable security measures at his or her place of accommodation?

Patterns of Behaviour

 Is the person collected and dropped off on a regular basis early in the morning or late at night?
 Does the person have control of their identification and travels documents such as their NRIC and passport?
 Is the person reluctant to seek help and avoids eye contact?
 Is the person frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers?
 Is the person fearful of the police, do not know whom to trust or where to seek help?
 Is the person afraid of deportation, or risk of violence to them or their family?