Guidance

How to report modern slavery

Published 8 December 2016

0.1 What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is a serious crime. It encompasses slavery, servitude, and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Modern slavery victims can often face more than one type of abuse and slavery, for example if they are sold to another trafficker and then forced into another form of exploitation.

A person is trafficked if they are brought to (or moved around) a country by others who threaten, frighten, hurt and force them to do work or other things they don’t want to do.

0.2 If you are identified as a victim of slavery, then you will be entitled to help and protection from the UK government.

This is called the National Referral Mechanism. The National Referral Mechanism has been put in place to identify victims of trafficking and to refer them to organisations that will offer help and support.

Individuals identified as potential victims of modern slavery are entitled to a minimum recovery and reflection period of 45 days. As part of this, care and support is provided by the Salvation Army.

0.3 You have rights

You may feel scared, powerless and alone. However, help is available and you have rights and choices. You have the right to independent emotional, medical and practical help. This support could include:

  • finding you temporary safe accommodation
  • helping you with medical treatment
  • having someone to help you cope with your experience
  • providing an interpreter/translator to help you communicate in English
  • protection: modern slavery and human trafficking is a crime (if you chose to report it to the police they must respond)
  • independent legal advice

For more information or to report a case of modern slavery please call the helpline 0800 0121 700 or report it online on the modern slavery helpline website.