Modern slavery is a global problem and international crime, affecting millions of people worldwide, including many victims within the UK.
Men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds are victims of human trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude or debt bondage.
There are many ways that people can be exploited, forced to work for little or no pay. Types of exploitation include:
- Labour exploitation
- Sexual exploitation
- Domestic servitude
- Organ harvesting
- Criminal exploitation
Victims are controlled by force, threats, coercion, abduction, fraud and deception.
Modern slavery is a serious violation of human rights
Watch our Horse Trading video on how traffickers operate to exploit victims
What we do to fight it
Our role is to protect vulnerable and exploited workers. We work with partner organisations such as the police, the National Crime Agency and other government law enforcement agencies to target, dismantle and disrupt serious and organised crime.
The GLAA licensing scheme regulates businesses who supply labour to the agriculture, shellfish gathering and food processing and packaging sectors. Our licensing standards cover health and safety, pay, transport and accommodation. We check that tax, National Insurance and VAT regulations are met.
Through the intelligence we receive from the public, industry, our inspections and other government departments, we investigate reports of worker exploitation and illegal activity.
GLAA Modern Slavery
Watch our modern slavery video - could you spot the signs?...
Human trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage
Information on the different elements of modern slavery...
Read more about Human trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage"
Spot the signs
Indicators that someone may be a victim of human trafficking, forced labour or debt bondage...
Who can help
Organisations to contact for advice or in an emergency...
Information for partner organisations
How to assist victims during an investigation...
International organisations tackling labour exploitation
Further information on organisations around the world tackling modern slavery...
Read more about International organisations tackling labour exploitation"
Find out more about labour exploitation - to view a document, click here....
Who else can help?
Click here for a list of other agencies who work with the GLAA and might be able to help....