Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU)

The Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) is a multi-agency organisation led by the NCA. Our role is to provide a central point of expertise, support and coordination for the UK’s response to modern slavery and the trafficking of human beings.

We work in a coordinated way within the UK and internationally. Our work to combat modern slavery crimes involves a wide range of partners and stakeholders.

Our key responsibilities are to protect the public –safeguarding potential victims from such crimes and to target those who enable or facilitate crimes of modern slavery here in the UK.

In that respect, we collaborate with partners including police forces, the Home Office and other government departments, the UK Border Force and UK Immigration Enforcement, the Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), international agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and many charitable and voluntary expert groups.

For more information on modern slavery and human trafficking see the crime threats section. 

'A day in the life'

If you are interested in the day-to-day work of the Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU), please read ‘A day in the life’ - Modern Slavery Human Trafficking unit.

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