Ryedale District Council

Modern slavery

What is Modern Slavery?

Modern Slavery is a term introduced in the UK in 2013, to describe all offences previously described as human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude.

Human Trafficking is the movement or recruitment of people by deception or coercion with the purpose of exploiting them.

Exploitation can take place in a number of ways, including:

  • Criminal exploitation
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Labour exploitation
  • Sexual exploitation

How much human trafficking takes place in the UK?

Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing international crime.

2,744 potential victims of human trafficking were encountered in the UK in 2013, an increase of 22% on 2012.

The most prevalent countries of origin of potential victims of trafficking were Romania, Poland and UK.

Sexual exploitation (41%) and labour exploitation (27%) were the two most prevalent exploitation types reported by all potential victims of human trafficking in 2013.

More information is available at GOV.UK.

How can you help?

If you have concerns that someone has been trafficked, call the Police on 101.

In an emergency call the Police on 999.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There is an online toolkit designed for front line workers to assist them in identifying a potential case of trafficking and to make a referral to achieve the best possible outcome.


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Malton, North Yorkshire
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