Modern slavery

What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation.

Someone is in slavery if they are:

There are many types of modern slavery, but these are the most prevalent types:

Children may be alone/unaccompanied or part of a sibling, family or community group. They could be trafficked by their parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, siblings, communities or by complete strangers.

Child trafficking is often multi-faceted and therefore children may experience more than one exploitation type, for example, labour exploitation by day and sexual exploitation by night.

Victims of Child trafficking may experience:

As victims of child trafficking, children should receive:

Please be aware that this is not an exhaustive list.

All first responders to the NRM including the police and local authorities have a ‘duty to notify’ via a NRM of any potentially trafficked children, this is part of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 legislation. For more information, visit National Crime Agency - Modern slavery and human trafficking.

How to report concerns

Modern Slavery is a crime that is hidden from plain sight but, occurs everywhere around us. Modern slavery is happening in Enfield. An advice line is available, Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm to provide advice and support for those that have any concerns or general questions regarding modern slavery.

If you would like to discuss your concerns, please contact:

Other agencies and the public are still encouraged to report their suspicions and can do so by calling:

Resources and tools

ECPAT UK - campaigning against child trafficking and transnational child exploitation.

For more information on modern slavery, visit MyLife.