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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.

A letter to Vodafone, O2, EE and Three 

More than 25 human rights groups have written to the main mobile network companies, asking them to provide a vital welcome text to Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK.

A letter to Vodafone, O2, EE and Three 

More than 25 human rights groups have written to the main mobile network companies, asking them to provide a vital welcome text to Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK.

How to help Ukrainian refugees with just one text 

Unseen is campaigning to get telecoms companies to provide a welcome text containing crucial safety information for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK.

How to help Ukrainian refugees with just one text 

Unseen is campaigning to get telecoms companies to provide a welcome text containing crucial safety information for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK.

Is your chocolate ethical? Chocolate producers rated

How ethical is the chocolate we buy? With Easter egg season upon us, check out the best (and worst) of the world’s biggest chocolate companies.

Is your chocolate ethical? Chocolate producers rated

How ethical is the chocolate we buy? With Easter egg season upon us, check out the best (and worst) of the world’s biggest chocolate companies.

Alarming rise in sexual exploitation for third year running

Reports of sexual exploitation have increased for third year running reveals Unseen’s Helpline – and warns that Ukraine war could lead to even more victims.

Alarming rise in sexual exploitation for third year running

Reports of sexual exploitation have increased for third year running reveals Unseen’s Helpline – and warns that Ukraine war could lead to even more victims.

Anti-slavery groups unite to condemn Ukraine invasion and trafficking impact

Leading non-profit groups in the fight against human trafficking say that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is feeding instability and dramatically raising the risk of human trafficking to those fleeing from the region.

Anti-slavery groups unite to condemn Ukraine invasion and trafficking impact

Leading non-profit groups in the fight against human trafficking say that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is feeding instability and dramatically raising the risk of human trafficking to those fleeing from the region.

slavery policy – how the uk has lost its way

How the Government is failing survivors

slavery policy – how the uk has lost its way

How the Government is failing survivors

modern slavery in fashion

Modern slavery and fashion – what you need to know

modern slavery in fashion

Modern slavery and fashion – what you need to know

Slavery and me – a meeting that changed my life forever

Find out how writer Kate Garbers first found out about modern slavery in this extract from her new book,

Slavery and me – a meeting that changed my life forever

Find out how writer Kate Garbers first found out about modern slavery in this extract from her new book,
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.