Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM is the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Part 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 created the role of the Commissioner.

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
(ILO & Walkfree Foundation 2017)

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

children are victims of child labour
(ILO & Walkfree Foundation 2017)

Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s (IASC) office, in collaboration with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, has launched an online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery. You can view the toolkit here:



Statutory Agencies

Recent News & Insights

News | 14 October 2019
The victims of the terrible trade in human beings are all around us, Dame Sara tells The Sunday Post in an article covering the case of Slovakian human trafficking victims tricked into moving to Scotland before being sold as brides.
News | 11 October 2019
Four members of a multi-national criminal gang who forced women into sexual exploitation and sham marriages in Glasgow have today been found guilty of human trafficking and slavery offences.
News | 10 October 2019
Over the last five months many people have asked me about the commitment of the new government to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking. In particular other countries which have looked to the UK for international leadership have questioned whether...
News | 23 September 2019
Dame Sara Thornton comments on the first time the Modern Slavery Act has been used in a county lines case in Norfolk.
News | 18 September 2019
Slavery victims are suffering ‘extra years of unnecessary mental torment’ waiting for NRM and asylum decisions, Dame Sara Thornton tells the Evening Standard
News | 16 September 2019
Dame Sara tells Supply Management magazine that consumer awareness is crucial in driving the issue of modern slavery in businesses.

What do I do if I think someone is a victim of modern slavery?

If you think someone is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999. In order to protect the potential victim, do not attempt to inform them of your actions.

If you think someone is a potential victim but there is no immediate threat to life, please call the local police on 101.

You can also call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700 24 hours a day.

If you have information you wish to give anonymously and confidentially you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

See the ‘Resources’ page for more detailed guidance on how to refer a victim of modern slavery for support.


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