Modern slavery

What is modern slavery

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms all of which involve the deprivation of a person's liberty by another to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

To see how we are tackling modern slavery see our statement.

Slavery is defined in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 as where ownership is exercised over a person through:

  • 'servitude' which involves coercion to provide services
  • 'forced or compulsory labour' involving work or service extracted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered themself voluntarily
  • 'human trafficking' involving arranging or facilitating the travel of another to exploit them