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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Dame Sara will join today’s Hidden Harms Summit with @BorisJohnson - Crucial that sustainable, long-term support for all victims and survivors of #modernslavery is considered at the highest levels as we seek to support the most vulnerable during and after #Coronavirus
Thank you to @UKAntiSlavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton for supporting @SlaveryPEC's call for research on survivor support and recovery. https://www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk/news-insights/dame-sara-welcomes-modern-slavery-policy-and-evidence-centre-funding-call/ … pic.twitter.com/vDWaRjIpUM
This @SlaveryPEC £300k funding call is a “major boost to efforts which seek to fill the evidence gap on modern slavery and survivor support”, says Dame Sara - https://www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk/news-insights/dame-sara-welcomes-modern-slavery-policy-and-evidence-centre-funding-call/ … https://twitter.com/SlaveryPEC/status/1262708829508206592 …
"Traffickers could capitalise as businesses race to recruit low-paid workers", @UKAntiSlavery Commissioner warns https://news.trust.org/item/20200505032020-mp63p/ …
Britain must be vigilant against human traffickers when it eases the coronavirus lockdown - @UKAntiSlavery @TRF_Stories https://news.trust.org/item/20200505032020-mp63p/ …