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Do your employees know what modern slavery looks like?

Training your workforce will help reduce modern slavery risks in your business and supply chains.

Do your employees know what modern slavery looks like?

Training your workforce will help reduce modern slavery risks in your business and supply chains.

Is your supply chain Christmas ready?

During the festive period, modern slavery risk can increase in businesses. Follow best practice to minimise harm along your supply chain during Christmas time.

Is your supply chain Christmas ready?

During the festive period, modern slavery risk can increase in businesses. Follow best practice to minimise harm along your supply chain during Christmas time.

unseen’s highlights for 2022 – thank you

Unseen’s supporters and partners play a key part in tackling modern slavery. Here’s a selection of what we achieved together in 2022.  

unseen’s highlights for 2022 – thank you

Unseen’s supporters and partners play a key part in tackling modern slavery. Here’s a selection of what we achieved together in 2022.  

Christmas and modern slavery risk

Festive demand for more products and people, plus the strain on delivery services, can increase the risk of worker exploitation

Christmas and modern slavery risk

Festive demand for more products and people, plus the strain on delivery services, can increase the risk of worker exploitation

big Give Christmas appeal: thank you to all those who donated

The Big Give Christmas Appeal is over for 2022. You donated an amazing £88,840 towards keeping our Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline open. You can still donate in support of our work or fundraise for us.

big Give Christmas appeal: thank you to all those who donated

The Big Give Christmas Appeal is over for 2022. You donated an amazing £88,840 towards keeping our Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline open. You can still donate in support of our work or fundraise for us.

Climate change and modern slavery – how they are related

There’s a powerful connection between climate change and modern slavery. Read these leading reports on climate-induced migration and human trafficking

Climate change and modern slavery – how they are related

There’s a powerful connection between climate change and modern slavery. Read these leading reports on climate-induced migration and human trafficking

Modern slavery and immigration – the facts

How many people claim to be victims of modern slavery so they can stay in the UK?

Modern slavery and immigration – the facts

How many people claim to be victims of modern slavery so they can stay in the UK?

It’s time to stop slavery – our new campaign

Unseen is working with other charities to raise awareness and ban products tainted by modern slavery. Find out more and sign the petition.

It’s time to stop slavery – our new campaign

Unseen is working with other charities to raise awareness and ban products tainted by modern slavery. Find out more and sign the petition.

Modern slavery in logistics: it’s not just people in the back of vans

There’s a widespread misconception that modern slavery largely looks like a group of people in the back of a van being smuggled into the UK.

Modern slavery in logistics: it’s not just people in the back of vans

There’s a widespread misconception that modern slavery largely looks like a group of people in the back of a van being smuggled into the UK.

The Biggest Risk Factors for Modern Slavery in Logistics

What are some of the biggest risk factors to those in the logistics, warehouse and transportation sectors, and how can they be made more aware to prevent modern slavery?

The Biggest Risk Factors for Modern Slavery in Logistics

What are some of the biggest risk factors to those in the logistics, warehouse and transportation sectors, and how can they be made more aware to prevent modern slavery?
Justine Currell

As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to an Unseen safehouse, I knew I needed to do more to stop this abuse and exploitation.

For the last five years of my Civil Service career, I was the Modern Slavery Senior Policy Advisor in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance.

I joined Unseen to lead the development of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, and Unseen’s work with businesses. I am regularly called upon to present at national and international conferences and use my experience of working with Ministers to influence other governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, music, reading and travelling.

Andrew Wallis

What ultimately compelled me to act was a report on how people from Eastern Europe were being trafficked through Bristol airport to the USA. Kate Garbers, who went on to be an Unseen Director, and I wrote to all the city councillors, MPs and the Police Chief Constable challenging them on the issue. The challenge came back to us: this city needs safe housing for trafficked women. And so Unseen began.

But we never wanted Unseen to be just about safe housing. We wanted to end slavery once and for all, and that remains our driving focus.

I chaired the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”. This is now acknowledged as the catalyst behind the UK’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015. It was a great honour to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year. On the other hand, I’ve also been described as “the loveliest disrupter you could ever hope to meet”.

This job has taken me from building flat-pack furniture for safehouses, to working with businesses to address slavery in supply chains, to delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world.

When not at work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog Harley, cooking, supporting Liverpool and Yorkshire CC, music (I’m a former DJ) and endurance events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Tribe Freedom Runs – which I vow never to do again. Until the next time.