Modern Slavery

What is Modern Slavery?

Buckinghamshire Council- Modern Slavery StatementModern Slavery is a term introduced in the UK in 2013, to describe all offences previously described as human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude.

Human Trafficking is the movement or recruitment of people by deception or coercion with the purpose of exploiting them.

Exploitation can take place in a number of ways, including:

  • Criminal exploitation
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Labour exploitation
  • Sexual exploitation

Victims are forced to work against their will in many different settings, including brothels, cannabis farms, nail bars, car washes, agriculture and even within people's homes.

Buckinghamshire Council - Modern Slavery Statement.

The signs of Modern Slavery

  • A victim may have no freedom of movement. 
  • A victim may be forced to perform sexual acts. 
  • Victims of Modern Slavery may not have a passport and their personal documents may be in possession of someone else. 
  • A perpetrator of Modern Slavery may not allow others to speak for themselves, and will often answer questions aimed at victims.
  • A perpetrator may be in charge of a victims earnings. The victim could receive no payment or very little for their work. 
  • A victim may be recruited for one purpose but forced to engage in another job which they hadn't agreed to. Transport may be paid for by the perpetrator and the victim may have to pay this back through providing services. 
  • If the victim attempts to escape, themselves or their family been threatened? 
  • A victim appear dependent or bonded by debt. 
  • A victim may be harmed or deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care or other life necessities. 
  • A victim may be prevented from freely contacting friends or family. They may have limited social interaction or contact with people outside their immediate environment?


The Clewer Initiative Safe Car Wash app. The app will ask a series of questions related to the indicators of modern slavery and if there is a high likelihood that modern slavery is occurring in the hand car wash, you will be asked to report your concerns to the Modern Slavery Helpline.

Who do I contact for support?

If you see something suspicious, please act!

Information from members of the Community can play a very important role in tackling Modern Slavery, no matter how small or insignificant. 

  • If you have concerns around a potential victim of Modern Slavery please call the police on 999 (emergency) or 101 (non emergency). 
  • The Modern Slavery Helpline can also provide 24/7 information and support, please call 0800 0121 700. You can also visit the website.
  • Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800555111. 
  • Victims' First Willow Project is the Thames Valley Wide Exploitation & Complex Needs Service working across the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire (inc Milton Keynes) and Oxfordshire, seeking to identify and support those individuals who are assessed as having been victims of exploitation or who are deemed to be at risk of exploitation. 

    As well as supporting victims of Modern Slavery, trafficking and exploitation the service will provide much-needed specialist support for victims of other forms of serious crime (excluding sexual and domestic abuse for whom specialist services already exist).

    The Victims First –Willow Project will work directly with victims and their families to provide:

    Crisis intervention
    Longer term practical and emotional support

    You can refer potential victims to the Willow Project by filling out the following form: Willow Project Referral Form 

    Who to contact: Tel: 01844 487987  Email:

Modern Slavery. Suspect it? Report it!