POLICE are highlighting the signs of sexual exploitation as part of an ongoing campaign on modern slavery.
The aim is to reach out to victims being subjected to abusive and sexual acts being performed without their consent.
It can involve being forced into escort work, pornography or working in a brothel and victims can be men, women and children.
Det Sgt Nikki Leach, who heads up South Yorkshire Police’s anti-slavery unit, said: “Sexual exploitation is one form of modern slavery which is most prevalent for us.
“Typically, victims tend to be women and girls from Eastern European countries, who have either been trafficked into the country or asked to come over on false pretences.
“Like many forms of modern slavery, they are often promised a better life, money and a nice place to live.
“However sadly, that’s not always the case and they are then often controlled through violence and abuse, forced to work in the sex industry.”
Police have asked the public to report concerns, for example if they suspect a house might be being used as a brothel.
Det Sgt Leach said: “There are a number of signs you can look out for. There may be a number of women living there but the house itself might have very few furnishings or not look as though anyone actually lives there.
“There may be a large number of men coming and going from the address at all times of the day, along with vehicles.”
To contact police, please call 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or the National Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121700.
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