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.


people live in slavery today
(Global Slavery Index 2016)

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

people are victims of forced labour
(ILO 2012)

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's five priorities:

Statutory Agencies

Recent News & Insights

News | 06 July 2017
With a 100% increase in the number of potential British child victims of modern slavery referred for assistance last year, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner spoke to The London Economic on the need to improve support and treat modern slavery as...
News | 03 July 2017
In June 2017, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner travelled to Vilnius to explore how the UK can better work with Lithuania in the fight against modern slavery. The Commissioner travelled as part of a delegation alongside His Eminence Cardinal...
News | 29 June 2017
Last month the Commissioner joined faith leaders in Australia to explore Australia's adoption of similar legislation to that of the UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015. Religious leaders collectively called for action.   Read the full article: Religious...
News | 22 June 2017
The Financial Times explores how companies are potentially failing to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains. While some businesses have disclosed the problems they have identified, others have more to do to comply with the Modern Slavery...
News | 22 June 2017
In May 2017 the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, travelled to Australia to meet with ministers, businesses, charities and faith groups to discuss the implementation, success and challenges of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act. Click...
News | 05 June 2017
In June 2017 the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner visited Australia to provide evidence to an inquiry into new legislation on modern slavery. Politicians, faith groups, businesses and charities gathered to discuss how a new act will help eradicate...
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