Human trafficking and modern slavery

Human trafficking and modern slavery

What it is and what to do if you think it's happening.

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What is human trafficking and modern slavery

Human trafficking is where people are moved by force, fraud or deception for profit. It can affect anyone, of any age, gender or nationality. These people are then forced into modern slavery, including:

  • prostitution or marriage
  • labour, for example factory or farm work
  • begging or benefit fraud
  • housework, for example childcare or cleaning


There is no typical victim of human trafficking or modern slavery. Some victims don’t understand they’re being exploited and many don’t speak English.

The person might:

  • be working against their will
  • not be allowed to go where they want, when they want
  • not have their identity documents
  • have been threatened or hurt
  • not know their address
  • be living in an overcrowded house or flat
  • not be registered with a GP, school or other local services
  • be living with people they’re not related to
  • not be able to talk or write to other people
  • appear frightened

Report it

To report human trafficking or modern slavery call the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700 or use their online form.

Anti-Slavery Partnership (ASP)

The ASP aims to find and support victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, disrupt criminal activity and prosecute those responsible. It’s made up of people from the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership,  Avon and Somerset Police and Unseen.

For more information about the ASP email