Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

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)

Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s (IASC) office, 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:



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Recent News & Insights

News | 11 June 2019
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, responds to comments made today by Prime Minister Theresa May to the United Nations International Labour Organization in Geneva.
News | 07 June 2019
Sara Thornton, the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
News | 31 May 2019
IASC Blog: Sara Thornton reflects on her first month as Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
News | 22 May 2019
Statement from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC), Sara Thornton, on the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act final report
News | 01 May 2019
Sara Thornton has begun her three-year term as Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, starting 1 May 2019. (Photograph ©Martin Godwin)
News | 22 February 2019
Sara Thornton, a police officer with more than 30 years’ experience, will take up the role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to help spearhead the UK’s response to the devastating crime.

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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