Modern Day Slavery
What is Modern Slavery?
Modern Slavery is an international crime, affecting an estimated
29.8 million slaves around the world**. It is a global
problem that transcends age, gender and ethnicities, including here
in the UK and it’s important that we bring this hidden crime into
It can include victims that have been brought from overseas, and
vulnerable people in the UK, being forced to illegally work against
their will in many different sectors, including brothels, cannabis
farms, nail bars and agriculture. Read
Modern Slavery includes sexual exploitation.
Slavery IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK
Slavery is not an issue confined to history or an issue that
only exists in certain countries - it is something that is still
happening today. It is a global problem and the UK is no
If you suspect slavery is happening...
Contact the Modern Slavery Helpline Online
If you have concerns about someone you know, including a person
in your family, you can use this form to tell the Modern Slavery
One of our advisors will read it within 24 hours and decide what
action needs to be taken. Alternatively, you can call us on 0800
Call the Police on 999 in an emergency, or 101 if it is not
What is happening locally?
With more slaves worldwide today than in any other time in
history, Bedfordshire Police, together with Bedfordshire against
Modern Slavery (BAMS) and Soroptimist International, is taking
A recent one day conference was held in Bedfordshire on modern
day slavery. The presentations and the intelligence submission
protocol can be found herehttp://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/human_trafficking/training_the_trainers_conferen.aspx