Modern slavery  Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, debt bonding, criminal exploitation and organ harvesting.


Modern slavery is happening in the UK today including in Cornwall but the crime can be difficult to spot and often goes unreported.

This guidance is intended as a resource providing clear and up to date information on the key facts, to help public sector workers who may not routinely come across modern slavery to recognise the signs and respond so that more victims get help and perpetrators are brought to justice.

Indicators of modern slavery & human trafficking:

Those affected are unlikely to self-identify as a ‘victim’ and may not realise or accept they are being controlled.

Ideas for you

Crime Stoppers
Anonymous helpline for reporting information and suspicions.
Helpline: 0800 555 111
Access the Crime Stoppers website

Devon and Cornwall Police
To report and seek advice about crimes, incidents and concerns.
Call: 101 non-emergency number
Report via the online crime reporting form

Things that might help

Victim Care Network
Directory of local support for victims of crime and exploitation.
Access the Victim Care Network website

Information, advice and support about modern slavery and human trafficking
Access the Unseen website

Stop the Traffik
Information, advice and support about human trafficking
Access the Stop the Traffik website  

Other services and support

ACAS – Free advice for employees regarding salary, National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

The following organisations provide support to people who are victims of modern slavery and human trafficking:

Migrant Help UK
Salvation Army