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#AskTheQuestion is this #slavefree?

Slavery was abolished in 1838... so why do we still see it today?

The Salvation Army has seen a dramatic increase in the number of victims of modern slavery who enter our care. Did you know you could help do something about it?

In the last year, we supported more than 2,000 victims of modern slavery in England and Wales.

Big businesses in the UK are now legally obligated under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (section 54) to tell people what they are doing to make sure they and their suppliers don’t use slave labour. According to our research, a third of you don't think that businesses are doing enough to ensure people are not being used as slaves in their organisations and supply chains. We also think businesses are falling short of what is needed to ensure the slave-free Britain that government, police, NGOs and other stakeholders in the sector are calling for (read more here).

You can make a difference – just by asking companies to tell you what they are doing to ensure their supply chains are slave-free.

Read The Salvation Army's Modern Slavery Statement here

How can you help?

We want you to have the tools to play your part in stamping out modern slavery for good. Learn how to spot the signs of slavery and how you can make a difference. 

Take part in #askthequestion – be curious, look at the businesses and services providing the products you use every day, and ask the question, “is this #slavefree?”.

Ask the question

Ask the question

Why not look more closely at the businesses and services you use to ask them if they're taking responsibility to ensure their supply chains are slave free?

You can make a difference.

The harsh reality of modern slavery

Domestic labour

Fivefold increase

in the number of victims supported by The Salvation Army in as many years
Man labour

27 percent

rise in cases of modern slavery supported by The Salvation Army in a year
Sex worker

46 million

estimated people living in modern slavery worldwide right now

Rashmi's story

Rashmi's story

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A new job that wasn't as it seemed...

Latest findings

Latest findings

Data about the number and profile of victims supported by the service

Who we've supported