Modern slavery

Modern slavery is where a person is brought to, or moved around the country by others who threaten, frighten or hurt them, and force them into work or do other things they don't want to do. It is a term used to describe:

  • human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude
  • slavery practices such as debt bondage, sale or exploitation of children and forced marriage

Modern slavery is, by definition, the same as human trafficking, but this involves the act of transporting and movement of people.

Derbyshire police have information on spotting the signs of human trafficking and how to report concerns.

Section 52 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 places a duty on specified public authorities to notify the Home Office of any individual encountered in England or Wales who they believe is a suspected victim of modern slavery.

Derbyshire and Derby City have a Modern Slavery Partnership which supports and enables the discovery of, and response to incidents of modern slavery through a victim centred, all encompassing and community based approach.

Modern slavery is a brutal crime affecting thousands in the UK and millions around the world. Victims are in situations of exploitation, controlled by deception, threats and violence. Exploitation can be hidden in plain sight, in car washes, nail bars, fields, factories, brothels and private homes.

If you are worried about or suspect that a person may be a potential victim of modern slavery or trafficking, please contact:

  • tel: 999, if the person is at immediate risk
  • Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190 (24hr Adults & Children)
  • Derby City Council on tel: 01332 640777 and refer to social care
  • tel: 101, if a non-emergency - quote 'Operation Wilberforce'
  • contact Project Wilberforce for advice by email: operationwilberforce@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk or tel: 0300 122 8918

Find out more about modern slavery on Safer Derbyshire.