Modern Slavery is a serious and often hidden crime. It comprises slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, which is the harbouring and transportation of individuals for exploitation.
A victim is usually used and exploited for someone else’s gain, without respect for their human rights and involving some element of coercion, such as threats, use of force, deception, or abuse of power so that the victim performs acts or services against their will.
Victims can be any nationality, gender and age but children, young people and vulnerable adults are often targeted.
This includes sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, forced prostitution and the abuse of children for the production of child abuse images/videos.
23% of reported trafficking victims in the UK are victims of sexual exploitation.