Hestia's Modern Slavery Response service

Hestia is the largest provider of modern slavery support in London and the south east.

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.

Modern Slavery support in London and the south east

Safe houses and advocacy

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

In 2022 we supported over 2,400 adults and dependent children affected by modern slavery.

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

Modern Slavery Innovation Team

Hestia’s Modern Slavery Innovation Team is a hub of evidence-based support services which complement the needs of the survivors we support in the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). Our award-winning Phoenix Project used to sit in this team. This year, the team’s focus is on three added value projects: a Child & Family support project, Community Integration & Volunteering, and Employability. 

The Modern Slavery Innovation Team also focuses on raising awareness about modern slavery, and empowering survivor voice in doing so. Our Innovation team is the home of our flagship Art is Freedom & Underground Lives Research

We also deliver Modern Slavery Awareness training to external companies – click the link below to find out more about how we can help your organisation strengthen your understanding of modern slavery, and how you can help!

Modern Slavery Awareness training

Underground Lives

Hestia campaigns and advocates for victims of modern slavery nationally, ensuring their voices and experiences are heard. Our Underground Lives report series highlights the impact on specific groups of modern slavery victims, such as pregnant women and those who are homeless.

Read our latest Underground Lives reports

Art Is Freedom

Art Is Freedom is Hestia's annual art and photography exhibition, curated by survivors of modern slavery, to mark Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October.

Find out more about Art Is Freedom

Get support

If you suspect someone might be a victim of modern slavery, 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