Identifying criminal exploitation in retail


Offenders target vulnerable people who may be children, homeless, suffering from addiction, or have learning difficulties

Offenders arrange and facilitate travel for victims, incurring debt for victims

Offenders promise victims employment, accommodation and a ‘better life’

Victims are forced to steal and are not given the work they were promised

Offenders use violence, surveillance, abuse and debt bondage to control victims



Signs of exploitation

Shoplifter hands over stolen goods to another person

Shoplifter is dropped off and picked up by others

Shoplifter is watched and/or instructed by others

Shoplifter is committing crimes over long distances and moving around regularly

Shoplifter (when apprehended) appears to be coached in what to say or fearful of engaging in conversation


If you suspect a person is being exploited in this way, call the Police on: 101 (non-emergency) or 999 (emergency)

Make it clear to the call handler that you believe a person is involved in FORCED CRIMINALITY and may be a victim of MODERN SLAVERY