Modern slavery and human trafficking

What we are doing to tackle modern slavery in the district

The problem of slavery still exists. Modern slavery is the control or exploitation of another for personal or commercial gain. It encompasses many forms of slavery, including human trafficking and forced labour. Modern slavery affects people of any age, gender or ethnicity and happens all over the world.

Modern slavery can be difficult to detect. Victims may:

  • have their personal legal documents confiscated, such as their passport and ID
  • have old or untreated injuries
  • appear malnourished or unkempt
  • be fearful or withdrawn
  • appear afraid of authorities
  • perceive themselves to be in debt to somebody

Child victims of modern slavery may:

  • not have a parent or guardian figure caring for them
  • live in a household with many other unrelated children
  • move house frequently
  • appear to bond with the person exploiting them and not show any outward signs of distress

Report suspected modern slavery or human trafficking

The signs of modern slavery can be difficult to detect. Victims may be living and working in plain sight of the public. If you are worried, do not attempt to act on your concerns yourself. Instead:

  • if there is an immediate danger to life, call the police on 999
  • call the UK modern slavery and exploitation helpline on 08000 121 700 or report your concerns online

Further support

The below organisations offer information and support on modern slavery and human trafficking issues: