What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking, also referred to as modern slavery, is a form of abuse and exploitation that comes in a variant of different forms  such as, but not limited to; forced labour, domestic servitude, sex trafficking and child trafficking.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs”

For more information on human trafficking and modern slavery definitions see UNODC and Anti-Slavery International or email us at


In June 2006, the BBC reported that auctions of Eastern European women had been held at Stanstead, Gatwick and other London airports. According to the Crown Prosecution Service, the women were sold for £8,000 each. The auctions of young women destined for sexual slavery in Britain occurred in open, highly policed locales. One auction even took place in front of a cafe at Gatwick Airport. Once immortalised in historical lithographs and paintings, slave auctions occurred right outside the city that is the global headquarters for human rights organisations such as Amnesty International and Anti-Slavery. – Louise Shelley, Human Trafficking A Global Perspective, 2010


Human trafficking is not restricted to the movement of people across borders. This is a common misconception that must be clarified when learning to understand the prevalence of human trafficking and modern slavery within our communities.

The next victim of human trafficking could be your brother, your daughter, or even you!  For more information and examples of internal trafficking please visit the Sophie Hayes Foundation.

What We do

Unchained is a human rights based, anti-human trafficking/modern slavery organisation focusing on raising awareness of the prevalence and complexities of human trafficking in Glasgow and the UK.

All of Unchained’s work and objectives are achieved in accordance with the UK’s Modern Slavery Act and the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015, both of which are in accordance with current EU law: The Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings and Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims. Unchained delivers interactive workshops and presentations to local businesses and community groups. This is achieved through effective research and sector specific training. Unchained also acts as a facilitator for effective communication between various anti trafficking organisations including front line practitioners and first responders and is a current member of the Scottish Parliament’s cross party group on Human Trafficking.

Unchained carries out regular public events such as Anti-Slavery Marches, Live Music Nights, Fun Runs, Fashion Shows and other public events that will target local communities and bring attention to the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery