Modern slavery helpline report 2019

The UK Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre have released their new report exploring the links between modern slavery and homelessness, based on calls and reports to the Modern Slavery Helpline between 2016 and 2019.

The report shows that between October 2016 – April 2019, the Helpline identified 353 potential victims of modern slavery who also experienced homelessness before, during or after exploitation.

As this report indicates, connections between modern slavery and homelessness/rough sleeping are seen across the UK. Only by ensuring everyone is aware of the indicators and understands their responsibility in safeguarding individuals, can we stop exploitation of the most vulnerable.

Over 350 Potential Victims of Modern Slavery Have Experienced Homelessness Since launching in October 2016, there has been 353 individuals reported to have experienced both homelessness and exploitation (2.5% of total PVs for this period). Periods of homelessness were reported before, during or after exploitation or at multiple points.

  • 14% (48 PVs) were homeless before exploitation
  • 24% (86 PVs) were homeless during exploitation
  • 66% (234 PVs) were homeless after exploitation

*These percentages do not add up to 100% as some individuals report being homeless during more than one stage of their exploitative experience.

Help prevent modern slavery & exploitation of the most vulnerable by calling the free, confidential Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.


You can read the report here


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