Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Coronavirus Response

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has expressed concern about the impact of Coronavirus on the provision of support to victims and survivors of modern slavery.

We are collating information and resources for the sector. Please check back regularly and contact the office should you have concerns or further resources.


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 closed her 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.

Further information, please click here.


Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, 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



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.


Statutory Agencies

Recent News & Insights

News | 01 April 2020
Dame Sara welcomes Victims’ Commissioner Review on children’s experience of domestic abuse and children’s offending
News | 18 March 2020
A message to Dame Sara regarding the impact of Coronavirus on modern slavery survivors and support providers
News | 10 March 2020
A lecture delivered by Dame Sara Thornton at the Annual Commonwealth Day Westminster Seminar (9 March 2020).
News | 02 March 2020
In an interview for The Independent, Dame Sara Thornton, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, discussed her concerns about rising referrals of child trafficking victims who may be trapped in a cycle of exploitation and calls for power to be devolved to local authorities to support them.
News | 21 February 2020
Spending time with victims and survivors of modern slavery is an important part of my role. Sometimes I visit safe houses, but I have also met victims in churches, asylum seeker accommodation, conferences, offices and on social occasions. I have often been struck by their courage and strength despite having suffered appalling abuse. I have also become gravely concerned about the length of time they are waiting for decisions from the Home Office about their future.
News | 19 February 2020
Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner reaction: Government announces new UK points-based immigration system   The Government has today (19 February 2020) launched a new points-based immigration system with new criteria for migrants who want to work in...

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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