The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Office

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.


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Recent News & Insights

News | 11 December 2023
Today Eleanor Lyons starts her tenure as Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC). The role of the IASC was created by Part 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
News | 11 October 2023
Eleanor Lyons, the current Deputy Children’s Commissioner, has been selected to take up the role of Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
News | 22 February 2023
New research published today calls for the government to revisit a manifesto pledge to establish a Single Enforcement Body (SEB) and transform the fragmented labour enforcement system in the UK.
News | 01 May 2022
The office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner is currently in an interim period as we wait for the new IASC to begin her tenure.
News | 29 April 2022
Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton has today published a report which examines the risks and drivers of labour exploitation in the construction sector.
News | 29 April 2022
IASC publishes a paper on responses from permanent secretaries on goods subject to US Import bans

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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