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What is Modern Slavery?

Someone is in slavery if they are:

Forced to work / owned or controlled by an 'employer' / dehumanised / treated as a commodity or property / have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.

Did you know?

There are an estimated 49.6 MILLION VICTIMS of modern slavery in the world today

In the year to June 2023 there have been 253 potential victims identified in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

One in four victims of modern slavery are children

New strategy for 2023-2026 launched

The Modern Slavery Partnership (MSP) has set out how it will combat modern slavery working in partnership, raise awareness of modern slavery, identify and support victims of slavery and trafficking and relentlessly pursue and disrupt those committing modern slavery  in its updated strategy.

The number of suspected modern slavery victims in the UK has increased, with more than 13,000 potential sufferers of trafficking, slavery and forced labour identified. Potential cases referred to Hampshire Constabulary increased form 195 in 2019 to 253 till June 2023.


What can I do?

Be aware that slavery may exist in your neighbourhood, in your business, in your community, and in your county. Those trapped within slavery may attend the same school as your children, they may be cooking your food at the local restaurant, they may be painting your nails at the local nail bar, or they may be packing the fruit you eat. It is everyone's responsibility to look for slavery and report any suspicions or incidents – working together, we can stop it happening.

The partnership

Find out more about how we are tackling modern slavery across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Rights & responsibilities

Find out more about human rights and how we can protect the most vulnerable by working together.