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‘He controlled me like you’d play a computer game’

A victim of modern slavery tells BBC Radio 5 Live how he was forced to work seven days a week for seven years.

A victim of modern slavery has told BBC Radio 5 Live how he was forced to work seven days a week for seven years.

Sanu, not his real name, came to the UK from Bangladesh to study, and was befriended by a man who offered him a job in his shop.

This man manipulated every aspect of Sanu’s life and forced him to work continuously without a day off.

Sanu told Nihal Arthanayake that the man ‘controlled me like you’d play a computer game’.

Sanu’s situation only came to the attention of authorities when a customer offered him a lifeline at the end of 2018.

He's now living in a Salvation Army safe house and is telling his story in the hope of saving others still trapped in modern slavery.

If you’re concerned about modern slavery, advice can be found at www.modernslaveryhelpline.org or 08000 121 700. You can also contact the Salvation Army's 24/7 confidential referral helpline on 0300 303 8151 and find more information at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/modern-slavery.

This clip was taken from the Nihal Arthanayake programme on Thursday 14 November 2019.

And you can listen to the full interview on BBC Sounds - www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07tz06d

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