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Friday 16 February - Friday 23 February

Modern Slavery

What is Modern Slavery?

Someone is in slavery if they are forced to work, if they are owned or controlled by an employer, if they are dehumanised and treated as a commodity, or bought and sold as ‘property’, or if they are physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.

There is no ‘typical’ victim of modern slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds. They are forced into a situation through the use or threat of violence, deception or coercion. Victims may enter the UK legally, or on forged documentation, or they may be a UK citizen living in the UK who is then forced into slavery.

Modern slavery covers a range of exploitation including; human trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced labour, debt bondage, domestic servitude, criminal activities, child labour, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and forced and early marriage.

What are the warning signs of modern slavery and human trafficking?

Members of the public should think, spot the signs and speak out against the abuse and exploitation of anyone in our community. There is no typical victim of slavery but it is normally more prevalent among the most vulnerable, and within minority or socially excluded groups.

Warning signs to look out for include the following:

· Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn.

· Victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control or influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work.

· Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and/or living and working at the same address.

· Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work.

· Victims have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents kept from them such as passports.

· You may notice people being dropped off or collected for work on a regular basis, either very early or late at night.

· Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons.

· They may believe they do not know who to trust or where to get help, fear deportation, or violence to them or their family.

Advice for victims:

If you think you are a victim of modern slavery please seek help. You can contact the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700. They can assist you to understand what help is available including information, advice and ways to access support. The Modern Slavery Helpline is confidential, but, if you don't want to give your name, you don’t have to.

Visit the Modern Slavery Helpline website for more information

The Salvation Army can also help. Call their 24 hour helpline: 0300 3038151 or visit: 

You can also contact the police by ringing 101 or by making contact online

In an emergency please dial 999.

Crime summary

A shed was broken into on Priory Road in Forest Row with a chainsaw and drill being taken. This incident was reported to us on Friday (16 February; ref: 0660 16/02).

On Saturday (17 February) a house was broken into on Hillside in East Dean, Eastbourne. There are no signs of forced entry and nothing was taken (0236 17/02).

A garage was broken into on Firgrove Road in Cross in Hand, Heathfield. 3 chainsaws, a petrol hedge-cutter, strimmer and petrol leaf blower were all taken, and this incident was reported to us on Saturday (17 February; ref: 0791 17/02).

In the early hours of Sunday morning (18 February), a house was broken into on The Fridays in East Dean, Eastbourne. There were no signs of forced entry and a purse was taken (ref: 0299 18/02).

On Sunday (18 February), it was reported to us about a house being broken into on Buckham Hill in Uckfield. Some tools, an alloy wheel and some scrap metal was taken (ref: 1107 18/02).

A house was broken into on Monday (19 February) on Edenbridge Road in Hartfield. It is unknown what was taken (ref: 0249 19/02).

A house in Beech Hill in Wadhurst was broken into. This was reported to us on Monday (19 February). Nothing was taken (ref: 0669 19/02).

Also on Monday (19 February), a house was broken into on Ersham Road in Hailsham. An untidy search was made and a car was stolen (ref: 0936 19/02).

An outbuilding of a house was broken into, with power tools and gardening equipment being taken. This incident was reported to us on Tuesday (20 February) and occurred on Mayfield Road in Tunbridge Wells (ref: 0915 20/02).

There was an attempted break into to a house on Goldsmiths Avenue in Crowborough. Access was gained to the property so nothing was taken but damage was caused to the patio doors (ref: 1122 20/02).

On Wednesday (21 February), there was a break in to an outbuilding on Ryst Wood Road in Forest Row. A laptop, 2 x cameras, a watch, a wallet and some sunglasses were taken (ref: 0116 21/02).

Also on Wednesday (21 February), a house was broken into on Mark Cross in Crowborough. The back window was broken and an untidy search was made. Jewellery and electrics we taken (ref: 1049 21/02).


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