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

So said the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 – yet nearly 70 years later, it is estimated by the Home Office that as many as 13,000 could be enslaved in the UK alone.

Someone is deemed to be in slavery if they are forced to work through mental or physical threat; owned or controlled by an 'employer', usually through abuse or the threat of abuse; treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’; or are physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom.

BT is committed to helping to tackle modern slavery, and is a founding partner of The Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre which is operated by the anti-slavery charity Unseen.

Unseen is working towards a world without slavery by supporting survivors and vulnerable people, equipping stakeholders through the provision of training, advice and resources, and influencing society to inspire change in legislation, policy and consumer choices.

To that end, BT and Unseen are promoting awareness of the indicators of slavery, illustrated by this Free the Unseen’ video. The helpline’s number is 0800 0121 700.

BT has also launched its latest Infinity Lab competition, BT SME Award 2017: Securing the Nation. This offers £30,000 in prizes across three categories to SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises); the data collection, mining and analytics category seeks solutions that can help the Police and the Home Office tackle modern slavery and human trafficking.

We’re looking for SMEs with the digital technology experience to help the Police and the Home Office tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. There isn’t enough data and insight to tackle this growing crime, so we need SMEs to help us co-develop solutions for data collection, mining and analytics from technology areas ranging from smartphone apps to big data and the dark web.

If you know an SME with the right experience, please encourage them to enter the competition. The closing date is Monday March 6.

Enter here >