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Themed Reports

Report on potential modern slavery victims reporting the use of small boats to cross the English Channel

At the Helpline we try to spot trends in modern slavery and exploitation. Our data and insights help inform the approach to modern slavery of businesses, local authorities and other statutory agencies, such as the police – as well as the UK Government. We've recently had more reports from people who have made the dangerous journey across the channel in a dingy. Could this be a new post-Brexit trend?

Modern Slavery During the Covid-19 Pandemic

This report provides an overview of the nature and scale of contacts to the Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline for the six month period between 23 March 2020 and 23 September 2020. During this period, the UK experienced various stages of lockdown which undoubtedly created a unique environment that none of us has seen in our lifetimes. Despite the lockdown, many vulnerable individuals were still being held in exploitative situations and this report seeks to provide an understanding of the impact of the pandemic on those contacting the Helpline for advice and support.

Sexual Exploitation Fact Sheet - Cases reported to Unseen's Modern Slavery Helpline

This fact sheet on sexual exploitation, based on data from calls and reports to the Modern Slavery Helpline, shows that between July 2018 to July 2019, 230 cases were recorded by the Helpline, indicating 506 potential victims.

As the fact sheet highlights, the majority of potential victims (93%) were female, while 98 minors were recorded as being victims of sexual exploitation, with 53 of those being aged 15 and under. The fact sheet includes common potential victim nationalities, locations of exploitation and data on cases related to sex for rent.

Modern Slavery and Homelessness - A View From Unseen's Modern Slavery Helpline

This publication provides an assessment of reports made to the Helpline concerning the links between modern slavery and homelessness across the UK between October 2016 and April 2019.

The report shows that in this time frame, 353 potential victims of modern slavery also experienced homelessness either before, during or after the exploitation occurred. The report also includes data on the types of exploitation linked to homelessness, recruitment tactics and the importance of collaboration to prevent this happening. The report publication launched the Helpline's 'Always Be Aware' campaign, raising awareness of this problem, with support from partners in homeless charities, law enforcement, local authorities and other NGOs.

Waste and Recycling Fact Sheet - Cases reported to Unseen's Modern Slavery Helpline

This fact sheet details the cases and common themes of modern slavery indicated within the waste and recycling sector, as reported to the Modern Slavery Helpline from 2017 to 2018.

As more concern grows around the waste and recycling sector as an industry where modern slavery occurs, the fact sheet shows a 125% increase in reports from 2017 to 2018.

Women in Slavery Fact Sheet - Female potential victims indicated by calls to Unseen's Modern Slavery Helpline

This fact sheet on women in slavery in the UK, based on data from calls to the Modern Slavery Helpline, was released to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2018.

The fact sheet shows the picture for reports of female potential victims of exploitation from November 2017 to October 2018, with 1,473 female potential victims reported to the Helpline, comprising 79 different nationalities.

Modern Slavery in Car Washes - A View From Unseen's Modern Slavery Helpline

This report provides an assessment of reports made to the Helpline regarding modern slavery in car washes across the UK between 10 October 2016 and 30 June 2018.

The report builds on the Identification of Forced Labour in Car Washes report which was published by the Helpline in 2017, and reveals that reports concerning modern slavery in car washes are high-level, with 2,170 potential victims indicated within 21 months and 360 cases of modern slavery in car washes recorded. The report includes potential victim demographics, a geographical breakdown of cases and the impact of collaboration between key partners.

Modern Slavery in Scotland – A View From Unseen’s Modern Slavery Helpline

This report seeks to increase the understanding of the nature and scale of human trafficking and exploitation occurring in Scotland.

The report shows that the picture of human trafficking and exploitation in Scotland is broadly similar to the rest of the UK in terms of victim demographics, locations, and types of exploitation. This report also highlights that awareness equals action. We must continue to build on this in partnership. A call can mean someone's freedom.

Identification of Forced Labour in Car Washes

This report provides an initial assessment of calls made into the UK-wide Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre related to labour exploitation in car washes between 10 October 2016 and 31 August 2017.

The purpose of this report is to highlight the types of calls the Modern Slavery Helpline is receiving, and from whom, in relation to situations of potential labour exploitation involving car washes. This report also seeks to raise awareness of the indicators of modern slavery in the context of car washes and encourage members of the public to report any concerns they may have to the helpline.

Identification of Modern Slavery Victims by Health Professionals

This report provides an initial assessment of calls made by health professionals across the UK into the UK-wide Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre, between 10 October 2016 and 31 March 2017.

The purpose of this report is to highlight the types of calls the Modern Slavery Helpline is receiving from health professionals and the types of situations health professionals are seeking help and advice on.

Health Professionals Contacting the Modern Slavery Helpline Fact Sheet (2019)

On 10 September 2019, the Modern Slavery Helpline published a fact sheet providing an update to the types of calls made to the Helpline from healthcare professionals and the role of the callers within healthcare which were made to the Helpline.

The fact sheet takes into account calls and reports made between 10 October 2016 and 31 July 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Data and Statistical Reports - The Data FAQs define classifications and explain how one case may have multiple victims, multiple locations and multiple calls.

The enhanced Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre is operated by Unseen and has been taking helpline calls since 10 October. Prior to October the modern slavery helpline was run by the NSPCC using the same free-phone number.

We are committed to increasing calls to the helpline to ensure that potential victims get the help and support they need and statutory agencies and businesses can access advice and information. We will do this by working closely with partners and stakeholders to increase communications and ensure the helpine is promoted effectively at all times.