Modern slavery – encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment. Sandwell can be described as a hotspot for Modern Day Slavery with its good transport links, cheap housing and industry requiring labor. It has been estimated that within a mile of West Bromwich Police Station, there are 95 victims of MDS. For more information see:

  • If you see something suspicious, no matter how small, call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Domestic abuse – including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called ‘honour’ based violence.  Sandwell has  signed up to the West Midlands Domestic Violence and Abuse Standards, aimed at improving services, more information can be found at


Or for help and support, contact Black Country Women’s Aid on 0121 552 6448 or call the free 24-hour national domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247. Always call 999 in an emergency.

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