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.

The Farm Work Welfare App - the app contains a reporting tool. Farm businesses, workers or local people can use it to flag up concerns, suspicions or seek help. The information gathered will be processed by the Modern Slavery Helpline and help identify hot spots, enable criminal investigations and most importantly, support victims.

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. 

Missing and Exploitation Hub

The Missing and Exploitation Hub is a multi-agency team made up of partners from Children’s Social Care, Thames Valley Police, Barnardo's, Health and Education, as well as a Parent worker, currently provided by Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership. The team supports victims of all forms of exploitation and can work with and sign post those in need of support (up to the age of 25). You can contact them by calling the First Response Team on 01296 383 962.

Victims service

Victims First provides free emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime, as well as family members of victims. It is available across Buckinghamshire and can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police. The support offered is on both a practical and emotional level, from help with housing, benefits, education and employment, assistance through court processes, advocating at meetings, to hospital visits and arranging food and clothes parcels etc. You can contact Victims First by calling 0300 1234 148 or by visiting the Victims First website.

Modern Slavery. Suspect it? Report it!