Modern Slavery

Slavery in Britain is on the rise. In 2016, 3905 potential victims were identified; a 17% increase on 2015. Slavery is the movement of a person from one place to another, within a country or across borders, into conditions of exploitation against their will.

Signs of slavery

Due to the hidden nature of slavery and their reluctance or inability to seek help, you may not realise you've come into contact with a victim. Some of the signs to look out for include:

  • limited family contact
  • physical abuse/ appearing malnourished
  • distrust of authority
  • having no friends
  • acting as if under another's control
  • disorientation
  • avoiding eye contact
  • unable to speak any English

Types of slavery

Men, women and children may be forced into various types of slavery, including:

  • forced prostitution/sexual exploitation
  • child trafficking and exploitation
  • criminal exploitation
  • domestic / forced labour
  • organ harvesting
  • cyber slavery

Useful Contacts

BAWSO 02920 644 633 or 24 hrs 0800 731 8147 Provide 24 hour support and accommodation for victims
The Salvation Army International (Adults) Try local number first or 24 hr 0300 303 8151 Provide 24 hour support and accommodation for victims
Home Office Modern Slavery Helpline 0800 012 1700 Provide advice and support
Liberate Project, New Pathways 01633 250 205 Providing advocacy to survivors of trafficking
UK Human Trafficking Centre +44 (0) 844 778 2406 (24 hours) Part of the National Crime Agency providing 24 hour tactical advice on human trafficking
Migrant Helpline 0130 420 3977 Provide support and advice regarding migrants
CTAIL NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice and Information Line 0800 107 7057 Provide support and advice regarding child victims
Language Line 0800 169 2879  
Crimestoppers 0800 555 11