Slavery is not an issue confined to history or an issue that only exists in certain countries - it is something that is still happening today. It is a global problem and the UK is no exception.

What is it/spot the signs

It’s a growing issue, affecting men, women and children.
1,746 cases reported

in the UK in 2013 - a 47% increase on the number of cases reported in 2012**.

But these are just the victims we know about. Slavery’s hidden nature means actual numbers are likely to be far, far higher.

** UK National Referral Mechanism Statistics 2013

If you suspect slavery is happening...

Call the Police on 999 in an emergency, or 101 if it is not urgent.

You can also report it by calling the new Modern Slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700*

Using the online form online form

If you think you have been a victim, find out how you can get help

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 states that

“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

Modern Slavery is an international crime, affecting an estimated 29.8 million slaves around the world**. It is a global problem that transcends age, gender and ethnicities, including here in the UK and it’s important that we bring this hidden crime into the open.

It can include victims that have been brought from overseas, and vulnerable people in the UK, being forced to illegally work against their will in many different sectors, including brothels, cannabis farms, nail bars and agriculture. Read more here.

Read about the Government’s actions to tackle Modern Slavery here.

** Source Global Slavery Index

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Modern Slavery occurs in many sectors including agriculture

Modern Slavery includes sexual exploitation