Domestic servitude is a hidden form of human trafficking
A person that agrees to work as a maid or assist in looking after children can experience conditions changing fast, even if a contract has been signed. It can be domestic servitude if:
- You live with a different family from the one you are working for.
- You don’t get your own room or private space to stay in.
- You sleep in the same space as others or somewhere normally not used as a bedroom.
- You are rarely allowed to go out and never without your supervisor.
- Your host family threatens you, insults you repeatedly, or abuses you.
- You don’t get paid for your work.
- You need to work very long hours and only get paid for part of it.
If you are a victim of human trafficking, or suspect someone is, you can contact 112 by phone or webchat. There you will get help and information about resources. You can choose wether the police is involved or not.