55% could not spot signs of modern slavery – study

19/10/16 The majority of the public are unaware of the most common signs of modern day slavery, according to new research.

A study by the University of Hull to mark Anti-Slavery Day found 55% of people did not know how to spot if someone was being held as a slave.

Additionally, one-third of people did not know slavery affects men and children as well as women.

The Home Office estimates around 1,300 people are trapped in slavery in the UK.

John Oldfield, director of the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, said there is still a “critical amount of work to be done” to increase public awareness about slavery.

“Modern day slavery often plays out in plain sight and can be difficult to detect, especially if people don’t know what signs to look for,” he said.

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