Modern slavery is the term used for the exploitation of people for profit. It can include: 

  • sexual exploitation 
  • forced labour 
  • organ harvesting 

Human trafficking is the transport of people into a situation where they are forced to work against their will by other people, using deception and threatening behaviour.

Victims may be children and vulnerable adults in the UK and people brought from overseas. 

Our responsibility

We have an important role in preventing modern slavery and working with other agencies to identify, support and safeguard potential victims.

We have developed a policy and a transparency statement that clearly commits us to legal and moral obligations. 

Spot the signs

There is no typical victim of modern slavery. Often victims fail to understand that they are being exploited. Many victims do not speak English. 

Signs of slavery are often hidden but there are some common signs to be aware of.

Victims may:

  • have unexplained injuries or look malnourished
  • not be allowed to travel on their own. They may seem under the control of other people
  • be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation or living and working at the same address
  • always wear the same clothes
  • always be dropped off at work and collected after work
  • avoid eye contact and be hesitant to talk to strangers or the police
  • be accompanied by someone else who speaks for them

Child victims may not always demonstrate outward signs of distress but may be withdrawn. They may have a bond with those exploiting them and will have been groomed to not disclose any abusive behaviour. 

You can find more information at Unseen UK.

Report a concern

Call the police on 999 straight away if someone is in immediate danger and you believe they are being trafficked.

In non-emergency situations you should call us if you have concerns about the safety of a child or an adult: 


01454 866000  or 

01454 615165 out of hours


01454 868007 or 

01454 615165 out of hours

Other services

You can call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121700.

The Salvation Army has a confidential helpline for advice or to refer a potential adult victim of modern slavery. Call 0800 808 3733

Call 101 for non-emergency reports to Avon and Somerset Police.

Anti-slavery partnership

We are part of a multi-agency partnership dedicated to finding and supporting victims of modern slavery. Other agencies we are working with include Avon and Somerset Police and Unseen

Visit the Anti Slavery Partnership  website for further information, training and resources.


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