Labour Exploitation

What you need to know

Labour exploitation and human trafficking are some of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world – it’s a hugely important issue, and you need to know what to look out for, in case your colleagues or friends are in danger, or are in a vulnerable situation.

Labour Exploitation: Forcing people to work when or where they don’t want to, charging people fees for finding them work, or requiring them to use certain services, or live in certain accommodation.

Human Trafficking: Bringing people in from overseas against their will, typically to force them into situations they don’t want to be in, such as forcing them to work, or into another illegal trade.

Key issues to look out for

  • Having to pay someone to find you work – whether that’s abroad or in the UK
  • Someone holding your ID documentation, and not allowing you to have it
  • Someone holding your bank card, or bank information, and not allowing you to have them
  • Someone withholding your wages
  • Someone making you work where or when you don’t want to
  • Someone restricting your movement
  • Someone forcing you to live in certain accommodation, when you don’t want to
  • Threatening or abusive behaviour or actions towards you

What you need to do

If you are experiencing anything like this, or know anyone who is – you must let us know, so we can help. You can raise an issue through a number of methods

Pro-Force & Stronger Together

Pro-Force is committed to ensuring all our workers are safe, happy and free from the threat of forced labour, threatening behaviour or exploitation.

Please download the leaflets below for more information on what to do if you think you are in trouble, or someone is treating you badly.

Remember – Contact Pro-Force using phone, email, our Emergency Contact Page, or speak to us directly, for help.

You can also report issues directly to the authorities

Call the Gangmaster’s Licencing Authority on 0800 432 0804

Call the Salvation Army on 0300 303 8151

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger – call the Police on 999