An ‘innocent’ photo of a woman cleaning windows is being shared by police with a serious warning.
Members of the public are being urged to be vigilant as what looks like someone carrying out a simple household task may be a sign of something much more sinister.
Avon and Somerset Police say that seeing someone who is always inside doing the cleaning and never leaving the home alone may be a victim of domestic servitude.
It is a kind of modern slavery the force is asking people to report any signs of, according to Somerset Live.
This can be done on 101 or anonymously through the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 121 700.
Domestic servitude involves the victim being forced to work in private households.
Their movement will often be restricted and they will be forced to perform household tasks such as child care and house-keeping over long hours and for little – if any – pay.
Victims will lead very isolated lives and have little or no unsupervised freedom.
Their own privacy and comfort will be minimal, often sleeping on a mattress on the floor in an open part of the house.
In rare circumstances where victims receive a wage it will be heavily reduced, as they are charged for food and accommodation.
The National Crime Agency reported that 5145 potential victims were submitted through the National Referral Mechanism in 2017.
Reporting showed potential victims of trafficking originating from 116 different nationalities.
The most common exploitation type recorded for potential victims was labour exploitation, which also includes criminal exploitation.
Modern day slavery is the movement and trade of people of any age, often for the purpose of exploitation.
Almost all forms of modern day slavery include some element of forced labour, which is ‘any work or services people are forced to do against their will.’
A police spokesman said: “We rely heavily on the public to be our eyes and ears, to be in the places we can’t always be in.
“Intelligence plays a huge role in our fight to tackle crime; information received from the public could be the missing piece of a puzzle or break-through in a case.
“Modern day slavery is happening across the UK and we need your help to protect some of society’s most vulnerable people, who all too often don’t have a voice.”