Slavery is not an issue confined to history, or an issue that exists only in certain countries. It is a global problem that is still happening today, and the UK is no exception.

In 2015, there were 3266 recorded victims of modern slavery in the UK. However, this number only counts for those that were encountered, who then testified. This, coupled with slavery’s hidden nature means that actual numbers are undoubtedly far higher.

* Scientific Adviser for the Home Office Prof. Bernard Silverman, has estimated that there are 13,000 slaves in the UK today. This estimation is referred to as “the dark figure”.

Modern slavery and human trafficking transcends age, gender and ethnicities, and spans across industries such as agriculture, health care and the sex trade, to name a few. Although it may be difficult to determine what problems exist where, it is certain that modern slavery exists everywhere.

The Dark Figure* is an ongoing project, mapping the immediate surrounding neighbourhoods where victims have been held as modern slaves. 

Visit the dedicated website for The Dark Figure* at www.thedarkfigure.co.uk and follow the project on Twitter and Instagram: @the_dark_figure.


Click here to purchase The Dark Figure* DIY newspaper exhibiton and help raise awareness for Anti-Slavery Day this coming October 18th. 

Amy Romer - Photographer - Farrier Road, Perivale, Ealing, London. TQ 133 833
Farrier Road, Perivale, Ealing, London. TQ 133 833
Amy Romer - Photographer - Peckford Place, Brixton, Lambeth, London. TQ 312 760
Peckford Place, Brixton, Lambeth, London. TQ 312 760
Amy Romer - Photographer - Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London. TQ 29929 82003
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London. TQ 29929 82003
Amy Romer - Photographer - Portugal Street, Holborn, London. TQ 30 81
Portugal Street, Holborn, London. TQ 30 81
Amy Romer - Photographer - Wheelers Lane, Linton, Maidstone, Kent. TQ 752 494
Wheelers Lane, Linton, Maidstone, Kent. TQ 752 494
Amy Romer - Photographer - Bamfurlong Lane, Staverton, Cheltenham. SO 895 218
Bamfurlong Lane, Staverton, Cheltenham. SO 895 218
Amy Romer - Photographer - Hathaway Walk, Easton, Bristol. ST 6010 7387
Hathaway Walk, Easton, Bristol. ST 6010 7387
Amy Romer - Photographer - Ash Road, Horfield, Bristol. ST 592 762
Ash Road, Horfield, Bristol. ST 592 762
Amy Romer - Photographer - Union Street, Plymouth. SX 468 544
Union Street, Plymouth. SX 468 544
Amy Romer - Photographer - Heol Las, Peterstone, Newport. ST 26249 80091
Heol Las, Peterstone, Newport. ST 26249 80091
Amy Romer - Photographer - Wentloog Avenue, Petersone, Newport. ST 258 796
Wentloog Avenue, Petersone, Newport. ST 258 796
Amy Romer - Photographer - Upper Charlton Road, Old Trafford, Manchester. SJ 826 955
Upper Charlton Road, Old Trafford, Manchester. SJ 826 955
Amy Romer - Photographer - Smart Street, Longsight, Manchester. SJ 87052 95303
Smart Street, Longsight, Manchester. SJ 87052 95303
Amy Romer - Photographer - Spa Road, Bolton. SD 705 088
Spa Road, Bolton. SD 705 088
Amy Romer - Photographer - Spa Road, Bolton. SD 705 088
Spa Road, Bolton. SD 705 088
Amy Romer - Photographer - Bolton Poultry Products, Moncrieffe Street, Bolton. SD 71925 08558
Bolton Poultry Products, Moncrieffe Street, Bolton. SD 71925 08558
Amy Romer - Photographer - Mid-tide, Morecambe Bay. SD 33 62
Mid-tide, Morecambe Bay. SD 33 62
Amy Romer - Photographer - Batley Field Hill, Batley, Kirklees. SE 242 246
Batley Field Hill, Batley, Kirklees. SE 242 246
Amy Romer - Photographer - Cunliffe Street, Chorley. SD 5850 1734
Cunliffe Street, Chorley. SD 5850 1734
Amy Romer - Photographer - Longworth Street, Preston. SD 554 302
Longworth Street, Preston. SD 554 302
Amy Romer - Photographer - Walker Street, Rawmarsh, Rotherham. SK 4469 9656
Walker Street, Rawmarsh, Rotherham. SK 4469 9656
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