Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation

We're advancing
the end of slavery
and exploitation
around the world

Did you know?

Fewer than
1 in 10 people
strongly believe in
the true scale of
slavery in the UK*

* (8%) University of Hull and YouGov 2016

Did you know?

1 in 4 victims
of modern-day
slavery
are children

* Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, a collaborative effort between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Did you know?

40.3 million
people are trapped
in modern-day
slavery across the
world*

* Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, a collaborative effort between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

About us

World-
leading
research
centre

At the Wilberforce Institute we work to expose the shameful extent of modern-day slavery.

We conduct pioneering research that will help to root out slavery at its very source.

Our influential studies into slavery and emancipation have received royal recognition in the form of the Queen's Anniversary prize. We continue to carry the torch for freedom.

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Business research

Removing the
human cost within
your weekly shop

Modern-day slavery is big business. Our experts work with major companies who want to remove the human costs hidden within their profit margins.

Human trafficking and modern-day slavery are routinely employed by corrupt labour providers to produce and deliver many of the world's goods and services. With today's increasingly complex and fast-paced global market place, legitimate industries are unknowingly becoming entangled in the illegal trade in human lives.

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You can make
a difference

PhD students

Study
with us

Our PhD students conduct life-changing research that helps inform policies and practices around emancipation issues. Their work drives the agenda to help tackle slavery.

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Businesses and organisations

Work
with us

Let us join you on your journey towards creating a robust ethical supply chain.

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Universities and organisations

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with us

Learning from the lessons of the past. Inspiring change in the present. Educating the policy-makers of the future.

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