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 | 18 June 2018
Public procurement is a powerful tool in the fight against modern slavery but the UK government is not yet using it strongly enough.
News | 11 June 2018
The eradication of recruitment fees is crucial to reducing modern slavery and protecting vulnerable migrant workers. Today, I support the businesses and other organisations gathering in Singapore this week for the 2018 Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment and Employment.
News | 30 May 2018
The Commissioner has written a joint letter with investors totalling assets under management of £817 billion to FTSE 100 companies which failed to comply with the Modern Slavery Act.
News | 17 May 2018
Today I have announced my resignation as the UK's first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
News | 11 May 2018
The Human Trafficking Foundation is undertaking a mapping exercise of the support services available to survivors of modern slavery throughout the UK.
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...

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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