Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is defined within the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and categorises offences of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Modern slavery  forces someone into the position of exploitation. This may involve: forced labour (in agriculture, construction, hospitality etc.), domestic servitude, sham marriage (not a genuine marriage, one party seeks immigration advantage), removal, begging, drug cultivation, forced marriage (guide), illegal adoption, the prostitution of adults, child sexual exploitation and organ harvesting (trade of human organ or other tissue for means of transplantation).

The following video tells you more about the National Referral Mechanism, the Home Office process that provides support to victims of Modern Slavery.


This video tells you more about the section 45 defence for Modern Slavery victims and how it safeguards victims involved in criminality.

Further information

The One Minute Guide – Children and Families Service