Forced or compulsory labour is sometimes hidden but often people are exploited in plain sight. Victims come from a variety of backgrounds – they may be UK citizens, EU migrants or from outside of the EU.
Forced labour offences in the UK* apply regardless of the victim’s immigration status or entitlement to work in the UK.
People who are subject to forced labour are typically made to work in sectors such as:
“All work or service that is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.”