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Modern Slavery

Modern slavery

The latest version of the statutory guidance for identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery was updated in January 2021.

The Humber Modern Slavery Partnership have created summary sheets which cover key aspects (not all) of the guidance related to adults.

Please see the summaries below which can be downloaded:

Components of adult trafficking (pdf 116kb)

Guidance for Local Authorities (pdf 95kb)

Guidance for the National Health Service (pdf 99kb)

The impact of trauma (pdf 86kb)

Access the full guidance

Domestic Servitude Animation

The real-life story of a survivor of domestic servitude has become the inspiration behind of a new online animation aimed at the communities of West Yorkshire.

Launched to coincide with UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, it highlights the signs, raises awareness, and encourages reporting of this hidden crime.

The key aims of the animation are to highlight the signs, raise awareness and encourage reporting of this hidden crime. 

  1. Domestic servitude typically involves victims working in a private family home where they are ill-treated, humiliated, subjected to unbearable conditions or working hours and made to work for little or no pay.
  2. The team from the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Hope for Justice, the Modern Slavery Organised Immigration Crime Programme and West Yorkshire Police have collaborated with locally based Fettle Animation to develop the content, which follows the journey of a young woman moving from her home country to the UK.
  3. We know that domestic servitude is one of the least identified exploitation types of modern slavery in the UK, accounting for almost 8% of reports behind labour, sexual and criminal exploitation.
  4. This does not mean that it is necessarily less common, but because it literally occurs behind closed doors, it isn’t identified or recorded.
  5. The victim could be used by their own family members or partner, who often use their position of power as control, making threats of even withholding a passport.
  6. With the anonymised animation depicting the actual experience of a survivor, it has a very strong emotional connection, which we hope will both confront the issue head on and prompt greater reporting.
  7. Over the last two years, there has been a specific increase in reports of domestic servitude within West Yorkshire, indicating women from Pakistan and Bangladesh are being brought to the UK and exploited in domestic homes.  

A toolkit in support of the domestic servitude animation is available also for organisations to use. The toolkit includes links to the videos, stills from the video, suggested social media messages and key messages. As well as English, the animation has been translated into Urdu, Punjabi, and Bengali with subtitles. More information is available from our dedicated webpage below:


Not In Our Community (NIOC) anti-grooming campaign

The Police and Crime Commissioner and Safer Hull Partnership launched a new film to raise the awareness in the dangers faced by young people when they go missing. 

To view the film please click on the link below:


The Humber Modern Slavery Partnership Strategy 2020 2023 

The first modern slavery strategy for Humberside, was launched in October 2020. Please click the link below to view the new Humber Modern Slavery Partnership Strategy 2020-2023.

 Humber Modern Slavery Partnership Strategy 2020 2023 (7.78mb)

Modern slavery encompasses:

  • slavery

  • human trafficking

  • forced labour and domestic servitude.

Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude, and inhumane treatment.

#Look Closer Learning 

#LookCloser to spot and report signs of exploitation

Young people are being exploited and are losing hope, but it's not always obvious. Our #LookCloser campaign, developed in partnership with the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre and British Transport Police, encourages everyone to learn the signs of child exploitation and how to report it if worried.

Please see the Children's Society website which has more information:


Look Closer professional Briefing

Look Closer A5 Poster

 Look Closer information slides

Humberside Police - Operation Wilberforce - What Do You See? Campaign July 2020

Operation Wilberforce has been created by Humberside Police to tackle modern day slavery and human trafficking within our area.

It’s made up of a dedicated team who will provide training, support and guidance to colleagues within the police force. They will take the lead in investigating and responding to allegations of modern day slavery and human trafficking.

The specialist team will also build relationships across charities, local authorities, education, health, local communities and local businesses to create a proactive forum to raise awareness, gather intelligence and work together to protect the most vulnerable within society.

Car Wash (1.1kb)

Recruitment (1.1kb)

Sexual Exploitation (1.2kb) 

Modern Slavery Helpline

Tel: 0800 0121 700

Modern Slavery (external website)

Useful Documents

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