Modern slavery is the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation.
Individuals may be trafficked into, out of or within the UK, and they may be trafficked for a number of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting.
The Home Office estimates there are 13,000 victims and survivors of modern slavery in the UK; 55% of these are female and 35% of all victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust incorporates clauses within our terms and conditions to ensure that modern slavery, i.e. slavery and human trafficking, is not taking place in any part of our business or our supply chains.
The Modern Slavery Act came into force on the 31st July 2015 and as set out in Section 52 of the Act, there is a ‘Duty to Notify’. A duty is now in place upon specified public authorities; that they are required to notify the Home Office about any potential victims of modern slavery they encounter in England and Wales.