Spearheading the UK’s fight against modern slavery
Kevin Hyland OBE is the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. The Commissioner’s role was created as one of the key provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

What is modern slavery?


Modern slavery is an umbrella term encompassing slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Victims of modern slavery are unable to leave their situation of exploitation, controlled by threats, punishment, violence, coercion and deception. Slavery violates human rights, denying people of their right to life, freedom and security.

45,800,000

people live in slavery today
(Global Slavery Index 2016)
13,000

potential victims of slavery are in the UK
(Home Office 2014)
21,000,000

people are victims of forced labour
(ILO 2012)

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's five priorities:


Statutory Agencies


Recent News & Insights


News | 15 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner spoke to the Daily Mirror about modern slavery in hand car washes across the UK, and how members of the public can join the fight and spot the signs. The Daily Mirror visited 10 hand car washes and found all...
News | 11 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) is partnering with the University of Nottingham on a research project to tackle modern slavery in business supply chains.   The Global Slavery Index reports there to be 45.8 million slaves worldwide....
News | 10 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to May Bulman of the Independent on the scale of modern slavery in the UK and the need for sufficient gathering of intelligence in order to combat the crime. You can read the full article here.
News | 09 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner urges law enforcement agencies to utilise data and intelligence in order to boost the fight against modern slavery. He also calls on technology firms and businesses to play their part in order to protect children...
News | 01 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to Lin Taylor at Thomson Reuters about the importance of long-term support for victims and the admirable work of the Co-op and City Hearts. You can read the full article here.
News | 30 July 2017
On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, speaks to the Sunday Times about the important work needed to prevent modern slavery. As Nigerian officials are posted in UK airports to curb the...
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