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 | 17 October 2017
Following the launch of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's 2017 Annual Report, the Commissioner spoke to the Evening Standard on the impact of the media and the success of their special investigation into modern slavery.  The Commissioner also...
News | 16 October 2017
Today the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner launched his Annual Report, detailing activities in the anti-slavery fight since October 2016. The Report covers work under his 5 priority areas - Victim identification and care Law enforcement and...
News | 16 October 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's 2017 Annual Report reveals that police forces have improved their response to the crime of modern slavery. Police Professional reports on the Commissioner's bi-annual data request, revealing that crime records...
News | 11 October 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner provided the Independent with indicators of modern slavery. An investigation was carried out and found that exploitation is rife in car washes across London. You can read the full article here.  
News | 27 September 2017
Once upon a time, a trip to the local car wash involved buying a token, driving into a fixed machine and sitting patiently while two large, colourful brushes whizzed back and forth until the vehicle was clean.   Nowadays, it is more likely to comprise a...
News | 14 September 2017
As part of the Evening Standard and the Independent's special investigation into modern slavery, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has joined an expert group to drive the campaign. The panel will consider deliverables and themes as the...

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