Slavery helpline receives 3,710 calls in first year

April 29 2018

A UK-WIDE helpline received a total of 3,710 calls about modern slavery during its first year of operation.

In 2017, the Modern Slavery Helpline took calls indicating a total of 4,886 potential victims in situations of modern slavery from 94 different nationalities.

The helpline is operated by Unseen, a charity founded by Bishopston resident Andrew Wallis which aims to eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking. Calls are made by members of the public wanting to report a suspicious situation, frontline workers and potential victims wanting guidance, help and advice and businesses wanting information about potential forced labour situations. 

Andrew Wallis OBE, CEO of Unseen said: “It has been a landmark year for Unseen and one that has clearly highlighted the ongoing need for a national helpline that can genuinely deal with all aspects of modern slavery in a professional, caring and knowledgeable manner.  Our actions are directly supporting people out of exploitation and we must continue to provide a service that puts the victim at the heart of what we do.”

From the calls received, the Helpline made a total of 1,442 referrals to other agencies and organisations during the year, including every police force in the UK, the National Crime Agency, a range of NGOs and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.

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Calls and reports to the Modern Slavery Helpline can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 08000 121 700 or submitting a report online at: