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 | 14 December 2017
As Commonwealth Parliamentarians gather to discuss modern slavery legislation, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks with the Thomson Reuters Foundation about the need to address slavery at source and deliver a coordinated response to the...
News | 02 December 2017
Saturday 2nd December marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner published a comment for the British Asian Trust blog. Read the full blog here.
News | 27 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to The Times about the growing issue of child exploitation across "county lines", as children are used as drug mules across the UK. The Times reports on dangerous drugs being supplied across the UK, the...
News | 24 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has applauded the Evening Standard's special investigation into modern slavery, which has included coverage of convictions, pledges from leading businesses and stories of survivors. The Commissioner speaks to the...
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...

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.

If you have information you wish to give anonymously and confidentially, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively, you can call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700.

See the ‘Resources’ page for more detailed guidance on how to refer a victim of modern slavery for support.

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