Modern Slavery and Trafficking

Modern slavery is a hidden crime, yet often it is hidden in plain sight; on our high streets, in local businesses and even amongst families on suburban streets. 

It is estimated that there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery and trafficking in the UK.

Types of modern slavery

Modern slavery is a umbrella term, covering; slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.

Human trafficking is when men, women and children are moved and forced into exploitation. The movement can be across international borders, but it does also cover those transported within a country with the aim of exploitation, such as county lines activity or child sexual exploitation.

Modern slavery includes but is not limited to the following types of exploitation, with individuals often experiencing multiple forms of exploitation and other criminal offences simultaneously:

  • Sexual exploitation
  • Domestic servitude
  • Labour exploitation & bonded labour
  • Criminal exploitation
  • Forced fraud
  • Organ harvesting
  • Forced marriage, sham marriages & surrogate mothers

Reporting a concern

If you have a concern that someone is a potential victim of modern slavery or trafficking, you can report this to:

The Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700

In an emergency please contact the police on 999

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