Modern Day Slavery/Human Trafficking
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 became law in March 2015 and establishes slavery and human trafficking as serious criminal offences, meriting punishment up to and including life imprisonment. It allows courts to impost orders aimed at preventing the commission of these offences and creates a new independent anti-slavery commissioner.
What is Modern Day Slavery/Human Trafficking?
The definition of modern day slavery covers forced or compulsory labour, with the key element being that the work or service is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered him/herself voluntarily. It does not cover all cases of exploitation, such as where a person chooses to work for less than the national minimum wage, in unsafe conditions, or for long hours, without being forced or deceived.
Modern day slavery takes a number of forms including human trafficking, child trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced labour, debt bondage, criminal exploitation and domestic servitude.
Who to contact if you are concerned
If you are concerned that a child or young person may be a victim of modern day slavery, or human trafficking, you should contact the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH) on Tel. 01482 395500.
Useful Resources and External Training
- Modern Slavery Act 2015
- ERSCP Brief Guidance and Flowchart - Criminal Exploitation, County Lines and Modern Day Slavery
- Exploitation Toolkit
- Virtual College Training Poster - Trafficking