Modern Slavery

What is Modern Slavery?

In 2015, legislation was created to encompass all slavery, servitude and human trafficking criminality that previously existed in many different parts of the law. 

In basic terms, law enforcement agencies including Police can and will investigate information which provides details of those that might be victims, those responsible and the places where it might happen. 

Victims might be forced, threatened or tricked into circumstances where they work, commit crimes or prostitute themselves. Those responsible invariably are part of a criminal network which makes it extremely difficult for victims to break free without specialist help. 

But help is at hand!

  • Whether locally or on a wider basis, there are experts to talk to, whether about your own predicament, the circumstances of a person you have seen or heard about, or a person you know. 
  • They are equally keen to hear about victims or suspects. 
  • Look at the support tabs on the right for contact details or below for more information on local support. 

How to report 

Modern Slavery is a GLOBAL issue with international, national, regional and local relevance. 

It is important for you to know what the most appropriate contact points are for your needs. 

  • Is it happening right now with a risk of harm to people?
  • Ring 999 and ask for the Police. 

  • Are you aware of what might be happening but you don't know about immediate risks?
  • Ring 101 or Report Online via

  • Do you want help or advice on something you suspect might be connected to Slavery/Human Trafficking?
  • Ring the Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700 or report online at

  • OR  Salvation Army Advice Line 0300 303 8151

  • OR  if you work with children or young persons who may have been trafficked, ring NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice Line 0808 800 5000


  • Q: Do you have to have come into the country to have been trafficked?
  • A: NO! Trafficking is when victims, intended for exploitation are recruited, held or moved for that purpose. Whether someone is moved 1 mile or 1,000 miles, it does not matter. People can be trafficked into or out of or WITHIN the UK. 

  • Q: Can a local person be trafficked?
  • A: YES, trafficking can be about victims from overseas, but a person originating or living in any village, town or city could just as equally be a victim. 

  • Q: I have no proof, should I make contact with the police or other agencies?
  • A: YES, some of the most successful investigations into criminals come from 'suspicions'.

  • Q: Is slavery and trafficking the same as immigration?
  • A: NO. Immigration crime is about people coming in or out of the UK without permission. Some may be intended victims of exploitation and others may not be. The Home Office would normally lead on purely immigration matters. 

  • Q: Do Sussex and UK government take slavery and trafficking seriously?
  • A: YES, the Modern Slavery Act allows the most serious offenders to now receive LIFE IMPRISONMENT and have their criminal assets seized. It is a serious crime. 

  • Q: Will I be at risk if I reported something?
  • A: The police are very used to dealing with such concerns - ensure they are told of any fears. 
  • A: Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.