Modern Slavery

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The term Modern Slavery captures a whole range of types of exploitation, many of which occur together.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Sexual exploitation    
  • Forced Labour
  • Domestic servitude 
  • Criminal exploitation
  • Other forms of exploitation: organ removal; forced begging; forced benefit fraud; forced marriage and illegal adoption


Modern Slavery is included within the Care Act Safeguarding enquiry duties, while the Modern Slavery Act 2015 consolidated the current offences relating to trafficking and slavery.  Its key areas include:

  • two new civil orders to prevent modern slavery
  • an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • provision for the protection of modern slavery victims.

Slavery is closer than you think – watch the new Modern Slavery campaign TV advert by clicking on the image below.

Duty to Notify the Home Office of Potential Victims of Modern Slavery

The Act also introduced a duty on specified public authorities to notify the Secretary of State of any individual encountered in England and Wales who they believe is a suspected victim of human slavery or trafficking.  The duty applies to all police forces, local authorities, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and the National Crime Agency.  Other organisations, including NGOs, are also encouraged to put forward notifications where they encounter a potential victim of modern slavery who does not want to enter the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).  The NRM  is a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support. The NRM is also the mechanism through which the Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) collect data about victims. This information contributes to building a clearer picture about the scope of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK. 

For help and advice regarding 'duty to notify' and Modern Slavery support agencies please click here.

Modern Slavery Communications Resource 

This booklet which has been produced by the Safer East Sussex Team provides a one stop shop of some good sources of information available freely to share and distribute within your own organisations and with the wider public to continue raising awareness of this crime.  Please click on the image below to download this resource. 

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