What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery is an umbrella term which encompasses human trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. Simply put modern slavery describes a situation where someone is made to do something and another person gains from this.
Exploitation can include:
- Forced labour – being made to work for little or no money
- Sexual exploitation – coerced or forced into selling sex
- Domestic servitude – forced to work within a home environment for little or no pay
- Criminal exploitation – forced to break the law for someone else, which as begging or selling drugs
- Forced / sham marriage – force to marry someone without consent
- Organ harvesting – organ removal for financial gain
For further information visit our Guidance and Resources section as well as the dedicated council website pages listed below:
How to respond to concerns about modern slavery:
Report incidents of concern by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency
Seek 24 hour advice from the Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline on 08000 121 700
Don’t Ignore It. Report It!
If you suspect a neighbour, friend or family member is being neglected or abused, or you need help yourself:
Report it to the relevant Local Authority or Police.