Modern slavery

What is Modern Slavery?

In 2015, a law was created to cover all crimes of slavery, servitude and human trafficking. 

Modern slavery is where victims are forced, threatened or tricked into circumstances where they have to work, commit crimes or prostitute themselves. Those responsible may be part of a criminal network which makes it extremely difficult for victims to break free without specialist help. 

Whether locally or on a wider basis, there are experts to talk to, whether about your own situation, the circumstances of a person you have seen or heard about, or a person you know. 

Look at the support tabs on the right for contact details or below for more information on support and how to report. 


How to report:

Modern slavery is a global issue with international, national, regional and local relevance. You can find details around reporting below:

Is it happening right now with a risk of harm to people?

Ring 999 and ask for Sussex Police. 

Are you aware of what might be happening but you don't think there is an immediate risk?

Ring 101 or report online to Sussex Police.

Additionally, you can speak to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority if it is around vulnerable or exploited workers:

Ring 0800 432 0804


Help and Advice:

Do you want help or advice on something you suspect might be connected to slavery or human trafficking?

You can ring:

Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700 or report online on their website.

Salvation Army Advice Line 0300 303 8151

Or, if you work with children or young persons who may have been trafficked:

NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice Line 0808 800 5000

You can find some more answers on our Frequently Asked Questions.


You can also contact your Local Authority if you are concerned about a potential victim at the following contact points (please note the separate contacts dependent on if the person concerned is under 18 or not).

Brighton and Hove

Under 18's-



West Sussex

Under 18's- Report a concern about a child 

Adults- Report a concern about an adult 


East Sussex

Under 18's- or phone 01323 464 222 (out of hours 01273 335906 / 01273 335905)

Adults- Phone 0345 60 80 191 (out of hours 01323 636 399) or through their website.


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