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.


people live in slavery today
(ILO & Walkfree Foundation 2017)

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

children are victims of child labour
(ILO & Walkfree Foundation 2017)

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's five priorities:

Statutory Agencies

Recent News & Insights

News | 18 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to the New York Times on the issue of child exploitation across county lines, involving children who are trafficked to supply and sell drugs. The New York Times tells the story of a 14 year old girl who...
News | 09 November 2017
In partnership with the University of Nottingham, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has launched research looking into modern slavery partnerships. Partnerships have formed in regions across the UK bringing together different local authority...
News | 08 November 2017
On 11th September 2017 the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, wrote to the Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Sarah Newton MP, regarding the UK's National Referral Mechanism. Through a consultation with stakeholders...
News | 08 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, spoke to the Thomson Reuters Foundation as part of their feature piece on modern slavery in car washes. The Commissioner has consistently called on the public to do more to support the fight...
News | 26 October 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has long been calling for improvements to support for modern slavery victims. The Commissioner has made a number of recommendations to the Government who today announced that victims will receive support for a...
News | 24 October 2017
As part of the BBC's File on Four, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner spoke to the BBC about the issue of county lines, involving exploitation of young people across the UK to supply and sell drugs. You can read the full article here.

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