Current statistics suggest almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally, trapped in work which they were coerced or deceived into and which they cannot leave. Human trafficking is considered as forced labour and is one of the fastest-growing criminal activities.
Trafficked individuals are modern day slaves. Traffickers trap them - often with the promise of paid work or education in another country, or even in a different part of the same country, then sell or force them to work for no pay, often under degrading conditions. Girls and women are more likely to be trafficked to the UK than boys and men. It can be difficult for trafficked people to escape, few manage to run away or are found by the police.
Across the UK this remains an unseen issue that we are committed to tackling and have joined forces with Century Films this Red Nose Day to create a short video to raise its profile. Currently, Comic Relief is funding 10 projects that tackle trafficking in the UK.
Just £20 could pay for an hour's one-to-one support for a trafficking survivor struggling to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you would like to help us tackle issues such as trafficking, there are lots of ways to get involved and make a difference.