Modern Slavery Coordination Unit

In recognition that crimes of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation were growing in Greater Manchester, the multi-agency   Modern Slavery Coordination Unit was launched as part of Programme Challenger in 2015. 

The Modern Slavery Coordination Unit supports the force and partners to identify, investigate, charge and convict the highest harm offenders whilst providing safeguarding to victims and survivors. The unit has a specialist investigative team which supports divisions in complex modern slavery cases, in addition to an embedded Justice and Care Victim Navigator who works with partners to provide the highest level of care and support to survivors.


What does this look like in practice?

The unit received reports of males being threatened and intimidated, forced into work and made to live in caravans with no electricity. The unit provided initial and immediate tactical advice support and commenced critical enquiries such as obtaining CCTV evidence and speaking to witnesses. The Justice and Care Victim Navigator provided initial assistance to potential victims. Further reports were received, which led to the unit supporting local officers to make arrests, undertake searches and commence further enquiries as a result, increasing local capacity and ensuring the right capabilities were in place. The unit then commenced assessing the suspected offenders as an organised crime group.


As a member of the public please see the below resources to give you more information on human trafficking and modern slavery and the signs to look out for, how to report and also to see media resources from our campaigns that we welcome you to share.





Trafficking and Modern Slavery Resources


Latest Modern Slavery Figures

Latest Modern Slavery Figures

The aim of this section is to provide an insight to professionals and the public as to the modern slavery picture in Greater Manchester

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Modern Slavery Helpline

Modern Slavery Helpline

The Modern Slavery Helpline provides victims, the public, statutory agencies and businesses access to information and support on a 24/7 basis.

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Would You Campaign

Would You Campaign

Launched in 2016 this was the first general awareness raising campaign for human trafficking and modern slavery created by Programme

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Trapped Campaign

Trapped Campaign

The Trapped Campaign was launched in 2017 to raise awareness of criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults. Click here to view campaign

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Network Events and Updates

Network Events and Updates

If you have an awareness raising event, updates or reports from your organisations contact   tom.madden@stopthetraffik.org

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