Modern slavery includes human trafficking and holding human beings in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. Slavery happens to men, women and children of all ages.
Signs of slavery in the UK and elsewhere are often hidden, making it even harder to recognise victims around us. It could be happening in your area. It could be happening right in front of your eyes; you could be a victim of modern slavery or you may know someone who is.
Victims of Modern Slavery
If think you are a victim of modern slavery or know someone who is, it is important that you report it. If you are reporting a potential victim, do not attempt to let the victim know you have reported it or confront the traffickers. You need to ensure their safety and yours.
You can report modern slavery in the following ways:
- By calling 101
- In person at your local police station.
Remember always call 999 if you are in danger.
We are supporting the Home Office and NSPCCs national campaign against modern slavery. The aim of the campaign is to help the public to identify the signs of slavery and report it by calling the national helpline – 0800 0121 700.
Barnardo’s is one of the few organisations in the UK that provides direct one-to-one support for trafficked children through three specialist anti-trafficking services in London, Hampshire and Manchester. Barnardo’s also supports trafficked children in a specialist fostering service in the South East and a residential unit for child victims of trafficking in Glasgow.