Modern Slavery is a hidden crime, victims include adults and children. Potential Victims are controlled, and may be transported a short distance or across continents to be forced into jobs they do not want to do The terms modern slavery or human trafficking encompass a wide range of crimes of exploitation, this includes:-

  • Slavery
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Forced labour
  • Domestic servitude
  • Forced criminality
  • Organ harvesting
  • Forced marriage
  • Forced and compulsory labour
  • Trafficking is the movement of people by means such as force, fraud or deception with the aim of exploiting them.

It may also involve coercing people into committing crime for others.

Modern slavery and human trafficking factsheet

Spot the signs

There are many indicators that could suggest that an individual is a victim of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. Guidance on how to spot the signs and short films are available on the following links:

Find out how to spot the signs about the different types of exploitation .

Report Modern Slavery

If you have a suspicion something isn't right and adult or child may be a victim it is important you report it. No matter how small the piece of information may be it could be essential in building up a picture and safeguarding a possible victim.

Call 999 if a crime is happening now or you're in immediate danger.

Report it to the Modern slavery helpline

Other ways to report

Help for victims

If you are identified as a victim of slavery, then you will be entitled to help and protection from the UK government. This is called the National Referral Mechanism . The National Referral Mechanism is the framework for identifying potential victims and ensuring they receive the appropriate support.

Individuals identified as potential victims of modern slavery are entitled to a minimum recovery and reflection period of 45 days. As part of this, care and support is provided by the Salvation Army .