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.

45,800,000

people live in slavery today
(Global Slavery Index 2016)
13,000

potential victims of slavery are in the UK
(Home Office 2014)
21,000,000

people are victims of forced labour
(ILO 2012)

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's five priorities:


Statutory Agencies


Recent News & Insights


News | 15 March 2017
UN Security Council Debate on trafficking in persons in conflict situations: forced labour, slavery and other similar practices Remarks of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE As the United Kingdom’s first appointed Independent...
News | 08 March 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, has launched a new research project mapping modern slavery partnerships across the UK. To combat modern slavery in the UK, a number of ‘partnerships’ have...
News | 22 February 2017
The protection of vulnerable children at risk of exploitation in forms of modern slavery is a core priority for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE. In a written statement, the Commissioner shares his views on: Safe refuge for...
News | 17 February 2017
Last week I joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew of Constantinople, for a forum on modern slavery – ‘Sins Before Our Eyes’. Over two days, in the company of scholars, practitioners...
News | 16 February 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, in collaboration with The University of Nottingham, would like to map the current evidence base on contemporary slavery (including human trafficking), especially as it has an impact on the United Kingdom. The...
News | 12 February 2017
Thousands of unaccompanied child migrants are arriving in Europe each year - tricked by false promises of a better life. Instead, many find themselves trafficked into prostitution and slavery. Christina Lamb reports, with comments from the Independent...
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