"Society abhors exploitation but we are complicit. The cheap goods and services consumers expect makes exploitation inevitable. Modern slavery is the flipside of the coin that has seen corporates offshore their profits and dodge tax. Both represent a sloughing-off of what were seen in the past as important obligations to society. Meanwhile, we all need to recognize the signs: where workers are putting in excessive hours, where they have no language to communicate with customers or where employers seem quick to speak for them, where they live in houses of multiple occupancy, we should be alert to the possibility of modern slavery."