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. The Commissioner is working closely with NGOs, statutory bodies and government to encourage dialogue and share information:

  • The Commissioner has written to the Home Office to raise her concerns. 
  • The Commissioner has written to the sector to clarify information on support rates for victims and survivors.
  • The Commissioner’s office has created a list of Q&As in response to queries raised at an NGO forum.
  • Actions from a meeting held between the Commissioner, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and NGOs on labour exploitation can be found here.
  • A note from a second meeting held between the Commissioner, GLAA and NGOs can be found here.

We are collating a list of 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 | 09 July 2020
In an interview for Thomson Reuters Foundation, Dame Sara Thornton, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, warns that factory workers in Leicester are scared to report labour exploitation for fear of losing jobs.
News | 03 July 2020
Dame Sara has been appointed to the post of Honorary Professor in Modern Slavery at the University of Liverpool.
News | 02 July 2020
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, has today launched an IASC and PaCCS review examining how far the evidence base on support for survivors of modern slavery is informing policy and the work of practitioners in the UK.
News | 30 June 2020
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner joined the Government’s first ever summit on hidden harms on 21 May 2020. Led by the Prime Minister, the summit focused on how to tackle crimes, such as domestic abuse, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse and modern slavery, which may have been impacted by the coronavirus lockdown.
News | 23 June 2020
You may have seen stories about Operation Fort in the headlines last summer. This was when eight members of an organised criminal group were convicted of modern slavery and human trafficking offences. It was the largest case of its kind to go through the British courts, and involved years of painstaking police work, and immense bravery of the victims who testified.
News | 17 June 2020
A presentation delivered by Emma Crates, IASC Prevent Lead, at the launch of the IASC review Operation Fort - What businesses should learn from the UK’s largest anti-slavery prosecution (16 June 2020).

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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