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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?

How to combat modern slavery in warehouse distribution

The sheer length of supply chains within logistics and warehouse distribution makes the industry highly susceptible to modern slavery.

How to combat modern slavery in warehouse distribution

The sheer length of supply chains within logistics and warehouse distribution makes the industry highly susceptible to modern slavery.

mo farah’s slavery story could help stop trafficking

Sir Mo Farah’s documentary will help dispel modern slavery myths peddled by our politicians, writes Unseen CEO Andrew Wallis.

mo farah’s slavery story could help stop trafficking

Sir Mo Farah’s documentary will help dispel modern slavery myths peddled by our politicians, writes Unseen CEO Andrew Wallis.

Unseen worker carries baton for Commonwealth Games

Unseen caseworker Eva Daly carries Commonwealth Games baton to raise awareness of modern slavery

Unseen worker carries baton for Commonwealth Games

Unseen caseworker Eva Daly carries Commonwealth Games baton to raise awareness of modern slavery

A day in the life of the Helpline

Unseen’s Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline team is skilled, compassionate and ready for any eventuality.

A day in the life of the Helpline

Unseen’s Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline team is skilled, compassionate and ready for any eventuality.

​Unseen’s County Lines campaign

Research conducted for Unseen reveals that a third (32%) of UK adults do not know what County Lines is. Some have never even heard of the term.

​Unseen’s County Lines campaign

Research conducted for Unseen reveals that a third (32%) of UK adults do not know what County Lines is. Some have never even heard of the term.

UK bans NHS goods tied to slavery

The 2022 Health and Care Act bans NHS goods tied to forced labour following a campaign by the anti-trafficking community.

UK bans NHS goods tied to slavery

The 2022 Health and Care Act bans NHS goods tied to forced labour following a campaign by the anti-trafficking community.

Modern slavery prevention – new report from Unseen

Unseen’s detailed study reveals new insights into modern slavery methods of recruitment and control.

Modern slavery prevention – new report from Unseen

Unseen’s detailed study reveals new insights into modern slavery methods of recruitment and control.

Modern slavery in construction is on the rise

What you need to know about modern slavery and labour abuse in the construction sector and on building sites – and what we all can do about it.

Modern slavery in construction is on the rise

What you need to know about modern slavery and labour abuse in the construction sector and on building sites – and what we all can do about it.
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.