Tackling modern slavery in Leicester

Modern slavery is a crime that sadly exists in communities across the UK. It can take many forms: child exploitation; sexual exploitation, County Lines drug trafficking and labour exploitation.


Protecting vulnerable workers

Many of you will have seen the news over the last six months focusing on allegations of unsafe working practices at garment factories in Leicester. While there has been a significant multi-agency operational response to these concerns, we also need your help to spot the signs of labour abuse so we can continue to prevent vulnerable workers from being exploited.

Our partnership team consists of a number of agencies committed to creating safe working environments where people are treated fairly and paid what they deserve.

Who is involved?

The group includes:

  • Leicester City Council
  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
  • Hope for Justice
  • Unseen
  • Citizens Advice
  • Voluntary Action LeicesterShire

Our objectives

We have three key objectives:

  • Protecting vulnerable workers by supporting businesses and employees in reporting issues
  • Building confidence within the city that our prevention and enforcement activities are leading to widespread positive change
  • Educating organisations by delivering bespoke training around spotting the signs of modern slavery and labour exploitation

How you can support us

We would like you to assist us in engaging with potential victims and help us identify vulnerable communities in the city that would benefit from targeted awareness raising materials and education.

To support you and your colleagues we are looking to increase the awareness of organisations and groups of volunteers. A proven way for achieving this is to deliver training sessions to all those interested in learning more about Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Labour Exploitation.

Knowing what signs or indicators to look out for will provide you with more confidence to report matters of concern, as important ‘eyes and ears’ of our community you are possibly already supporting some of the most vulnerable of society and these individuals may already be susceptible to becoming victims of this crime – strengthening knowledge can help both you and the persons you provide services to.

Get in touch

Please get in touch with us if you are able to help. The best way to do this is by emailing Aleksandra Majewska Community Safety Coordinator (Modern Day Slavery and Labour Exploitation): aleksandra.majewska@leicester.gov.uk