Child trafficking - information for professionals

Child trafficking is a form of organised crime which involves taking children across or within national borders.

Modern slavery

Modern slavery is where a person is brought to, or moved around the country by others who threaten, frighten or hurt them, and force them into work or other things they don't want to do. It is a term used to describe:

  • human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude
  • slavery practices such as debt bondage, sale or exploitation of children and forced marriage.

View the procedure for safeguarding children who may be victims of modern slavery which includes a chapter on children at  risk of exploitation, and provides further information, support, guidance including the escalation procedure.

Reporting concerns

If you are worried about or suspect that a person may be a potential victim of modern slavery / trafficking, please contact:

  • tel: 999, if the person is at immediate risk
  • call Derbyshire County Council on tel: 01629 533190 or Derby City Council on tel: 01332 640777 and refer to adult social care
  • tel: 101, if a non-emergency - quote 'Operation Advenus'
  • call Project Advenus for advice on tel: 0300 122 8939, or email:

The Safer Derbyshire website holds important information on the work of Community Safety who are working in partnership to look into the effects of organised crime, which includes immigration crime, modern slavery and exploitation.