Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is real. It's happening now. An unseen crime, it hides in take-aways, hotels, car washes, nail bars and private homes

Modern slavery is slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Traffickers and slave drivers bully, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment against their will.

The Home Office predicts there could be as many as 13,000 victims in the UK. There is no typical victim of slavery. Victims can be men, women and children of all ages and cut across the population, but are usually from the most vulnerable, minority or socially excluded groups.

Report concerns or seek advice

Concern about adults

First point of contact is Dorset Police on 101 or the Safeguarding referral unit. 

Concern about children/young people (under 18 years old)

Contact Children First on 01202 123334 or

Other contacts

  • In an emergency - 999.
  • Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111

UK Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre

Provides information and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to victims, the public, statutory agencies and businesses. They also help provide access to relevant services, including Government-funded support through the National Referral Mechanism