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 April 2018
A short online survey has been launched to better understand the work being done by UK anti-slavery and anti-trafficking civil society organisations. The survey is part of a new report by the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham. The report will...
News | 11 April 2018
Slavery is a serious crime affecting millions worldwide and thousands here in the UK – for it to be stopped, experts need to know what research is available to inform the anti-slavery fight. For the first time, this is possible.   A new report published...
News | 09 April 2018
In partnership with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, in 2017 the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner launched research looking into modern slavery partnerships across the UK. Together with the Rights Lab, the Commissioner is now...
News | 06 April 2018
Following publication of the Sancroft-Tussell report titled "Eliminating Modern Slavery in Public Procurement" the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks with the Wall Street Journal on concerns regarding compliance with the Modern Slavery Act. You...
News | 05 April 2018
With 16 million of the estimated 40 million people currently in slavery conditions working within the private sector, it is vital that business plays its part in tackling modern slavery and human trafficking. As such, the private sector is one of my five...
News | 29 March 2018
A new collaborative study between the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) will look at labour exploitation in hand car washes.

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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