Modern slavery and organised crime

We are working in partnership to look into the effects of organised crime, which includes immigration crime, modern slavery and exploitation.

We already work with licensed premises, the night time economy and have an integrated offender management scheme, which all helps to disrupt organised crime.

Trading Standards also work to reduce the number of unsolicited calls by doorstep traders.

The Home Office released a serious organised crime strategy, which aims to reduce opportunities, strengthen enforcement and safeguard communities from organised crime.

Modern slavery

Modern slavery is where a person is brought to, or moved around the country by others who threaten, frighten or hurt them, and force them into work or other things they don't want to do. It is a term used to describe:

  • human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude
  • slavery practices such as debt bondage, sale or exploitation of children and forced marriage

Modern slavery is, by definition, the same as human trafficking, but this involves the act of transporting and movement of people. Derbyshire Constabulary has information on spotting the signs of human trafficking and how to report concerns.

Section 52 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 places a duty on specified public authorities to notify. Derbyshire and Derby City have a Modern Slavery Partnership which supports and enables the discovery of, and response to, incidents of modern slavery through a victim centred, all encompassing and community based approach.

Modern slavery is a brutal crime affecting thousands in the UK and millions around the world. Victims are in situations of exploitation, controlled by deception, threats and violence. Exploitation can be hidden in plain sight, in car washes, nail bars, fields, factories, brothels and private homes.

The Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner Office, in partnership with the South East Strategic Partnerships local authority lead, has developed a short video for local authorities to inform staff of indicators of modern slavery, signs to look out for and the correct course of actions.

In addition to the video the Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Office has resources including legislation, training materials, guidance and information on your duty to notify the Home Office of potential victims.

Reporting concerns

If you are worried about or suspect that a person may be a potential victim of modern slavery or trafficking, please contact:

  • 999, if the person is at immediate risk
  • Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 (24hr Adults & Children) Children triaged via Starting Point
  • Derby City Council: 01332 640777 and refer to social care
  • 101, if a non-emergency - quote Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit
  • Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit for advice on 0300 122 8057 or email 

County Lines

County lines is the police term for urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, and market and coastal towns using dedicated mobile phone lines or 'deal lines'.

It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money. Gangs establish a base in the market location, typically by taking over the homes of local vulnerable adults by force or coercion in a practice referred to as ‘cuckooing’.

County lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, safeguarding, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons; and the response to tackle it involves the police, the National Crime Agency, a wide range of Government departments, local government agencies and VCS (voluntary and community sector) organisations.

County lines activity and the associated violence, drug dealing and exploitation has a devastating impact on young people, vulnerable adults and local communities.

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