Modern slavery

Modern slavery is a global crime and affects thousands of men, women and children here in the UK. Defined in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, it encompasses various types of exploitation, including but not limited to:

  • forced labour
  • sexual exploitation
  • domestic servitude
  • criminal exploitation
  • forced marriage
  • organ harvesting

Westminster City Council is committed to supporting victims of modern slavery and helping our communities to report concerns.

By recognising the signs of modern slavery and sharing information, you can help the most vulnerable people within our community and prevent this crime from happening.

There are a number of common signs that someone is being exploited:

  • acting as if they are being forced or coerced to carry out specific activities
  • showing signs of physical or psychological abuse or has untreated medical conditions
  • seeming to be bonded by debt or has money deducted from their salary
  • having little or no contact with family or loved ones
  • being distrustful of authorities
  • having threats made against themselves or family members
  • not being in possession of their own legal documents

Report any incidents or concerns

In an emergency, call 999. For 24 hour advice, call Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.


Last updated: 26 April 2019
Rate this page: