Police and Crime Plan

Modern Slavery – London’s hidden crime?

18 September 2019

Forms of modern slavery include:

  • Forced labour
  • Debt bondage or bonded labour
  • Human trafficking
  • Descent-based slavery
  • Child slavery
  • Forced and early marriage

The number of cases of modern slavery has been increasing year on year in the UK [1]

In 2017, 30 per cent of Met referrals for modern slavery to the National Referral Mechanism were in London alone – almost three times that of any other region or country in the UK [2].

The Mayor set up the Modern Slavery Partnership Board in June 2017 to support multi-agency partnerships tackling modern slavery and trafficking in London [3].

Tomorrow, the Police and Crime Committee will examine the effectiveness of the London Modern Slavery Partnership Board, the resources and training available to the Met to tackle Modern Slavery and the current victim support services in London.


The guests are:

  • Paul Wylie, Director of Strategy, MOPAC
  • Tamara Barnett, Head of Office, Human Trafficking Foundation
  • Detective Superintendent Phil Brewer, Head of Specialist Crime and Vulnerabilities Unit, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Hekate Papadaki, Head of Innovation and Partnerships, Hestia
  • Marissa Begonia, Coordinator, Voice of Domestic Workers


The meeting will take place on Thursday, 19 September 2019 from 10.00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend

The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or on our YouTube channel.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyPolice and #ModernSalvery

Notes to editors

  1. National Crime Agency, National Referral Mechanism Statistics – End of Year Summary 2018, March 2019
  2. Home Office, 2018 UK Annual Report on Modern Slavery, October 2018
  3. Mayor of London, A safer city for all Londoners, Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021, March 2017
  4. Read the full agenda papers.
  5. Unmesh Desai, Chair of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  6. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  7. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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