Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery 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.

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019 - 2021


Read the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019 - 2021 here.

 

Call for Evidence: Use of the Modern Slavery Act’s Section 45 statutory defence


The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has launched a call for written evidence inviting anyone with practical experience and knowledge of cases involving use of the Modern Slavery Act’s Section 45 statutory defence.

To submit evidence or for further information, please click here.

The deadline to submit evidence is 11:45pm on Monday 2 March 2020. 

 

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: https://iasctoolkit.nottingham.ac.uk/#

 

 

Statutory Agencies


Recent News & Insights


News | 17 January 2020
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has launched a call for evidence on use of the Modern Slavery Act's Section 45 statutory defence
News | 10 January 2020
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, has today welcomed the findings of a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) highlighting effective use of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 by police in countering county lines offending.
News | 08 January 2020
A letter by Dame Sara Thornton, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, features in The Times on the impact of outdated police structures on forces’ ability to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking.
News | 29 December 2019
A letter by Dame Sara Thornton features in The Sunday Times commenting on an earlier story “Tesco charity cards ‘packed by China’s prison slaves’”.
News | 17 December 2019
Dame Sara Thornton, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, spoke to the Mail on Sunday about concerns over low rates of prosecutions and convictions for modern slavery crimes.
News | 16 December 2019
The Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership has today launched a week-long campaign to raise awareness of the link between modern slavery and homelessness.

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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