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About modern slavery

Modern slavery is a serious crime. It encompasses slavery, servitude, and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Modern slavery victims can often face more than one type of abuse and slavery, for example if they are sold to another trafficker and then forced into another form of exploitation.


Definition of human trafficking

A person is trafficked if they are brought to (or moved around) a country by others who threaten, frighten, hurt and force them to do work or other things they don’t want to do. 

What we are doing to help

Our anti-trafficking work takes place on an international scale. We have been protecting and caring for vulnerable victims of modern slavery since The Salvation Army’s early beginnings in the 1880s, and since July 2011 we have delivered the UK government’s contract to manage support services for adult victims of modern slavery.

Read The Salvation Army's Modern Slavery statement

Key facts:

  • Worldwide more than 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked every year
  • 77% of trafficked victims are women
  • 87% of trafficked victims are sexually exploited
  • Human trafficking is a worldwide criminal activity with annual profits estimated to be $36 billion
  • Women are sold for £500 - £8000

Source: UNODC/Home Office

Modern slavery is happening in the UK

Modern Slavery exists in our own, comfortable, local communities here in the UK. Everyone should be alert for the signs that someone you come across living nearby or working perhaps in a shop, on a farm or a building site, is not there of their own free will. To find out more about spotting the signs that someone could have been trafficked, please visit here

Our work with victims of modern slavery

Since we were awarded the government contract in 2011, we have designed a specialist support programme to preserve the dignity of survivors, protect and care for them in safe accommodation, and provide access to confidential client-based support services including:

  • Legal Advice
  • Health Care
  • Counselling
  • Educational Opportunities

It is entirely up to each individual to decide whether they would like to have our support.  People can have access to accommodation in one of our safe houses if this is the best option for them or, if they already have accommodation, or have entitlements to other types of accommodation, they can benefit from outreach support.

If someone does decide they would like to take advantage of our support then The Salvation Army will speak to the victim to make an assessment to decide what type of support will best meet their needs.

When someone refers an individual to The Salvation Army we will assess their eligibility for the service, and start the process of making sure they receive the most appropriate support for them.

Our 24-hour Modern Slavery Victim Referral Helpline is available seven days a week - 0300 303 8151. Find out more about the referral line here

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