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.

40,300,000

people live in slavery today
(ILO & Walkfree Foundation 2017)
13,000

potential victims of slavery are in the UK
(Home Office 2014)
151,600,000

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

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's five priorities:


Statutory Agencies


Recent News & Insights


News | 02 December 2017
Saturday 2nd December marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner published a comment for the British Asian Trust blog. Read the full blog here.
News | 27 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to The Times about the growing issue of child exploitation across "county lines", as children are used as drug mules across the UK. The Times reports on dangerous drugs being supplied across the UK, the...
News | 24 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has applauded the Evening Standard's special investigation into modern slavery, which has included coverage of convictions, pledges from leading businesses and stories of survivors. The Commissioner speaks to the...
News | 18 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to the New York Times on the issue of child exploitation across county lines, involving children who are trafficked to supply and sell drugs. The New York Times tells the story of a 14 year old girl who...
News | 09 November 2017
In partnership with the University of Nottingham, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has launched research looking into modern slavery partnerships. Partnerships have formed in regions across the UK bringing together different local authority...
News | 08 November 2017
On 11th September 2017 the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, wrote to the Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Sarah Newton MP, regarding the UK's National Referral Mechanism. Through a consultation with stakeholders...

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