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Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Slavery

Modern slavery has a devastating and long lasting impact on victims and is often a hidden crime, undetected for years. Modern slavery can be broadly grouped into four categories but is not limited to:

  • Sexual exploitation: this includes sexual abuse, forced prostitution and the abuse of children for the production of child abuse images or videos.
  • Domestic servitude: this involves victims being forced to work in usually private households, performing domestic chores and childcare duties.
  • Labour exploitation: this can happen in various industries, including construction, manufacturing, laying driveways, hospitality, food packaging, agriculture and beauty (nail bars).
  • Criminal exploitation: this can be understood as the exploitation of a person to commit a crime, such as pick-pocketing, shoplifting, cannabis cultivation, drug trafficking and other similar activities that are subject to penalties and imply financial gain for the trafficker.
  • Other forms of exploitation include organ removal, forced begging fraud, marriage, and illegal adoption.

Modern Slavery Statement

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council recognises it has a responsibility as an employer and procurer/commissioner of services to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not exist within its supply chains or in any part of its own business.

Publishing this statement demonstrates our public commitment to play our collaborative part in reducing modern slavery and human trafficking, including through effective partnership working (prevention, identification, awareness raising, information sharing and enforcement).

This statement outlines our intentions, actions and policies aimed at ensuring there is no modern slavery in our own activities or in our supply chains.

This statement covers the reporting period April 2024 to March 2025 and will be reviewed annually.

Modern Slavery Statement

Report a case of Modern Slavery

If you or someone you know is being or has been exploited, or you are unsure if someone is in need of help, then assistance and advice is available.

Please see the Welsh Government website for how to report any concerns or instances of modern slavery.

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