Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual Report 2020-2021

Read the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual Report 2020-2021 here.


Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019-2021

Read the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019-2021 here.


Need for coordinated action by G7 leaders on Forced Labour - Open Letter

The UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner co-signed an open letter calling on G7 Heads of State and Government to elevate and act on this issue of forced labour in global supply chains.

A copy of the letter can be read here.

Following the Summit, the Commissioner welcomes the commitment from G7 leaders to continue to work collaboratively on the issue of forced labour, as set out in the Free and Fair Trade section of the Carbis Bay G7 Summit Communique.

Home Office mailing list and resources - EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has created a community bulletin for stakeholder updates on the EU Settlement Scheme. You can sign up to this here. Further resources include a toolkit for community groups to support EU citizens to apply to stay in the UK and communications material


Report by the Bakhita Centre at St Mary's University - What Looks Promising for Tackling Modern Slavery: A review of practice-based research

A new report by Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation and Abuse examines the role that practice-based research can play in policy development and survivor support. This report is intended to help inform policy and practice using materials not published in academic journals. It is intended to identify strengths that can be shared and built upon.

Read the report here


Report - Preventing modern slavery and human trafficking in the financial sector: A call to action

A study commissioned by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner led by Themis and TRIBE Freedom Foundation explores ways the financial sector can identify and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. The work examines the risks and links faced by different types of organisations and sectors within the financial services industry. A forthcoming report will highlight practical steps that financial services firms can take. 

To find out more, please visit the Themis website.

Read the report here.


Coronavirus Response

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner remains concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on the provision of support to victims and survivors of modern slavery. The Commissioner continues to work closely with NGOs, statutory bodies and government to encourage dialogue and share information. A list of resources for the sector. Please contact the office should you have concerns or further resources.


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 | 22 July 2021
Dame Sara Thornton, joins virtual workshop to discuss and progress findings in the PACCS-TISCreport policy briefing Progress and Challenges in Tackling Modern Slavery in Local Government Supply Chains.
News | 21 July 2021
Dame Sara joins the OSCE for a roundtable on the role of independent National Rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms in enhancing states' anti-trafficking responses.
News | 15 July 2021
County lines drug dealing blamed for figures in annual report from UK’s anti-slavery commissioner The Guardian reports   Dame Sara Thornton's comments on the county lines exploitation of children were quoted in a report from The Guardian, following the...
News | 14 July 2021
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has published her Annual Report for 2020-2021. This has been laid in Parliament by the Secretary of State.
News | 05 July 2021
Dame Sara has launched a call for evidence inviting practitioners, academics and policymakers to share promising practice in the field of responding to child exploitation and trafficking (including domestic servitude, forced labour, sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation including county lines).
News | 30 June 2021
Dame Sara gives evidence at the International Development Sub-Committee on the work of ICAI in review of the UK's approach to tackling modern slavery through the aid programme.

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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