Hestia's Modern Slavery Response service

What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is a serious crime in which people are coerced or deceived into a situation where they are exploited, for the purpose of making a profit. The offence is punishable by up to life imprisonment under the 2015 Modern Slavery Act.

Download the Spot The Signs of Modern Slavery Toolkit

Modern slavery takes many forms including trafficking for sexual exploitation (including prostitution, strip clubs, escort work and pornography), domestic servitude (including working as cleaners, carers or nannies) and forced labour in work such as nail bars and car washes.

Hestia's Modern Slavery support

Safe houses and advocacy

Hestia’s modern slavery service started in 2011 and we have supported almost 5,000 victims since then. We provide 6 safe houses in London and Kent, as well as a pan-London outreach service working in every London borough.

In 2020 we supported over 3,200 adults and dependent children 

This represents the majority of adult victims of modern slavery in London for that period.

We work closely with The Salvation Army to deliver support to victims who have been referred into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The NRM is a national framework that ensures victims of modern slavery are identified and receive appropriate support.

"The Government cannot tackle this problem alone which is why the work of organisations such as Hestia is vital. We are very grateful for your commitment and dedication to those who have been exploited." - Former Prime Minister Theresa May

Phoenix Project

In 2018 Hestia launched the Phoenix Project to provide volunteer-led long-term support to victims of modern slavery in partnership with the British Red Cross. 

Read more about the Phoenix Project

Underground Lives

As the main organisation in London working with victims of modern slavery we are committed to using what we learn to improve policy and practice.

Read more about Underground Lives

Underground Lives: The Reality of Modern Slavery in London in 2018 (Fact sheet)

March 2019

The fact sheet reveals the true face of modern slavery in London in 2018.

Modern Slavery Training

The public and businesses have a vital role to play in combatting and reporting cases of modern slavery. Our bespoke training package can be tailored to your organisation. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Get support for a victim of modern slavery

If you are concerned about someone, please call The Salvation Army's confidential Referral Helpline on 0800 808 3733. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone who feels they might be a victim of modern slavery and in need of assistance, or if you encounter someone you suspect may be a victim of modern slavery.


To learn more about our service, please contact [email protected]

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Hestia's Modern Slavery Statement

As the leading provider of support for victims of modern slavery in London and the South East, Hestia is committed to playing a significant role in preventing modern slavery in all its forms. Our modern slavery statement enables us to be a be a part of a wider movement of change.

Patrick Ryan, CEO of Hestia, said:

“Hestia is committed to ensuring all survivors  of modern slavery receive the support they need  to recover and  rebuild their lives. Modern slavery is rife. Hestia supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and we will do everything we can to eradicate moderns slavery from our supply chains.”

Read Hestia's Modern Slavery Statement