Modern slavery is difficult to identify due to often being hidden from public view. It is a crime that takes many forms and so requires alertness from the public.

In Devon, a wide range of agencies work together to raise awareness, uncover slavery in action when it happens (whether individual domestic incidents or larger networks) and support victims.

There are a number of well recognised forms of modern slavery, these being:

      • Sexual exploitation
      • Forced labour
      • Debt bondage
      • Forced criminality
      • Domestic servitude.

If you suspect modern slavery (either a victim or a perpetrator) please report it. Details are given below of agencies that can support your enquiry. 

As well as providing a service that work’s to stop modern slavery in Devon, Safer Devon also supports national and localised awareness raising campaigns and initiatives that support victims and help identify perpetrators. For more information about these campaigns and initiatives, please follow the link below to the latest resources we hold on this subject.


Don’t hesitate to report it.

You can submit your information anonymously to Crime Stoppers UK on:  

0800 555 111

Or, to the Modern Slavery helpline on:

08000 121 700


The Devon Approach

As modern slavery is a hidden crime it is essential that agencies collaborate when investigating reports or potential victims. Devon & Cornwall Police, partner agencies and community leaders across Devon work closely together to ensure that victims of modern slavery are supported and protected, and perpetrators brought to justice.

Based on this, our approach in Devon delivers around the following objectives:


  • Improve ability to identify and rescue victims
  • Raise awareness of the support available for victims
  • Bring perpetrators to justice.


Crime Stoppers

Providing an anonymous way to give information about crime in your community.

0800 555 111
Anonymous Form (online form)

Modern Slavery Helpline

Providing a 24/7, 365 days a year, confidential helpline for help advice or information.

08000 121 700
File a report (online form)


Unseen provide an indepth resource for more information on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Non-emergency Telephone: 101*

Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired
Non-emergency SMS/Text: 67101
Minicom/textphone number: 18001

To register your mobile for the Emergency text 999 service please follow this link Emergency SMS

Anti-Slavery Partnership

Supports and enables the discovery of incidents of modern slavery and exploitation in the UK.

08000 121 700

You can view and download for your own use all the latest campaign materials on modern slavery here.