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Modern Slavery

Analytics to support early identification and intervention of victims and perpetrators


When the UK Government announced the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, it was a clear intention to tackle this abhorrent industry head on, however the implementation of the initiative is hugely complex.

Today, Modern Slavery intelligence is collected from a variety of sources. These could be whistleblowers, local authorities, police, but equally there are other sources that can be used: DWP (Department for Work & Pensions) data, Revenue & Benefits, Charities, Landlord data, etc.

All of which makes it a challenge to support early identification and intervention of victims and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The six key challenges for law enforcement:

  • Tracking modern slavery intelligence
  • Identify the victims
  • Identify the perpetrators
  • Prevent modern slavery
  • Analyse intelligence from multiple, disparate sources
  • Reduce the cost of Modern Slavery interventions

Modern Slavery is closer than you think:

Viewing Time: 7:00 mins

This film includes information on how to spot potential victims, how they may be exploited and what you can do to help free the UK from Modern Slavery.


As technology experts, we see an opportunity for technology to hold a key role in pursuing the perpetrators and preventing Modern Slavery. It's ambitious, but our work on the Troubled Families project taught us that bringing together disparate data sources into one intelligence hub can shine a light on the darkest corners. Technology can make connections that instigate intervention.

Our Modern Slavery solution uses IBM iBase as the central intelligence hub, with IBM Analyst's Notebook the solution that sits on top, allowing analysts to dive into the data and make educated decisions from integrated data.

The tools used to deliver the Modern Slavery Hub are actually already available to every law enforcement agency in the UK. The solution promotes the standardisation of intelligence capture and reporting.

More than that, it helps track and understand complex networks relating to slavery, reporting with dashboards so that users can see what is happening in real time. Seemingly unrelated pieces of evidence can be brought together to help law enforcement join up the dots.

Within the solution, analysts can pinpoint critical 'nodes' within networks, and the roles they play. This bringing together of different data sources brings to life real-world interactions and helps officers intervene more quickly and efficiently.

“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948

Solution Storyboard

Watch our short video about how we're using analytics to helping prevent Modern Slavery