What is Modern Slavery / Human Trafficking?

Modern Slavery encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

Human trafficking is the movement of a person from one place to another, using methods of deception, coercion, the abuse of power or of someone’s vulnerability and for the purposes of exploitation. It is possible to be a victim of trafficking even if their consent has been given to being moved. Human trafficking may occur across international borders or take place within one country.

According to the National Crime agency, there are three main elements:

  • The movement: recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people;
  • The control: threat, use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or the giving of payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim;
  • The purpose: exploitation of a person, which includes prostitution and other sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery or similar practices, and the removal of organs.