Unseen

Safety and Support for Victims of Modern Slavery

Shockingly, there are an estimated 100,000 victims of modern slavery today, right here in the UK. The Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline provides expert support and information to thousands of people, and helps victims of modern slavery to find safety, any time of day or night, 365 days a year.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1127620)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£100,000

Amount raised

£102,383

Donations

249

Championed by Anonymous Champion

    Categories

  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

An estimated 100,000 people are trapped in modern slavery in the UK. During the CoVID pandemic, more people than ever before have been forced into horrific sexual, labour & criminal exploitation. In 2020, 10,610 victims were able to get help: 4,946 (47%) of these were children, mostly UK nationals, forced to sell drugs (County Lines) by organised gangs. Criminal gangs make huge profits by selling people for sex; forcing them to work without pay; or to break the law, often in plain sight.

Solution

Unseen's Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline operates 24/7, 365 days a year, in over 200 languages. Anyone with a concern can call e.g: parents, businesses, police, NHS workers and victims themselves. Our expert Call Advisors provide support and information and get victims to safety. Every call is recorded and the data is used to build intelligence which we share with Police and key agencies to help disrupt exploiters and keep people safe.

  • The UK Modern Slavery Helpline continues to make a significant impact on the national response to modern slavery and exploitation, and is a vital means to help understand the scale of the issues linked to these horrific human rights abuses.

    — Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, West Yorks PCC & National PCC lead on Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability of victims and survivors and has created new vulnerabilities. The Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline has provided an important mechanism for those in situations of modern slavery or exploitation to seek help and support.

    — Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, UK

  • Since its creation in 2016, the Modern Slavery Helpline has become instrumental in raising professional and public awareness about the scale and nature of modern slavery in the UK. Most importantly, it has been and continues to be a lifeline to freedom for thousands of slavery victims.

    — Tatiana Gren-Jardan, Head of Modern Slavery Unit Centre for Social Justice