Slavery helpline receives nearly 4,000 calls

April 30 2018

A UK-WIDE helpline received a total of 3,710 calls about modern slavery during its first year of operation.

In 2017, the Modern Slavery Helpline took calls indicating a total of 4,886 potential victims in situations of modern slavery from 94 different nationalities.

The helpline is operated by Unseen, a Bristol-based charity that is dedicated to tackling slavery. Calls are made by members of the public wanting to report a suspicious situation, frontline workers and potential victims wanting guidance, help and advice and businesses wanting information about potential forced labour situations.

Andrew Wallis OBE, CEO of Unseen said: “It has been a landmark year for Unseen and one that has clearly highlighted the ongoing need for a national helpline that can genuinely deal with all aspects of modern slavery in a professional, caring and knowledgeable manner.  Our actions are directly supporting people out of exploitation and we must continue to provide a service that puts the victim at the heart of what we do.”

From the calls received, the helpline made a total of 1,442 referrals to other agencies and organisations during the year, including every police force in the UK, the National Crime Agency, a range of NGOs and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.

To read the full report, visit: https://www.unseenuk.org/uploads/20180413150810356.pdf Calls and reports to the Modern Slavery Helpline can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 08000 121 700 or submitting a report online at: https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/report