Modern slavery is a term that encapsulates human trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced labour. It is a crime where vulnerable people are:
- Deprived of their freedom because of the actions of another person
- Treated as commodities
- Exploited for financial gain
You might think that slavery ended with abolition in the 19th century. Yet, there are still millions of men, women and children around the world being forced into slavery. In the UK alone, there is estimated to be around 13,000 people in slavery, with 1 in every 4 of those victims being a child. It can affect anyone, in any industry and in any part of the world.