The UK seeks to be a leader in the fight against modern slavery. The present border system is demonstrably not good enough at preventing traffickers getting through and safeguarding victims. Meanwhile, without a new determination for action, convictions of traffickers will remain stagnant. Evidence examined in this report shows that initial ‘toughness’ at borders alone can do little to reduce trafficking and illegal immigration.

Traffickers will always circumvent existing obstacles; although if we get it right, they will have to overcome increased hurdles and they will in turn be less enthusiastic to engage in modern slavery in the UK. The Government now has a unique opportunity to reshape immigration policy and so put in place measures that will effectively prevent traffickers from exploiting people in the UK.

Findings in this report also reveal the UK has a number of weak and unenforced business regulations that allow it to act as a base for companies that have a semblance of engaging in lawful pursuits, whereas some are also engaged in the trafficking of human beings. Policymakers must make the UK a less attractive business prospect to traffickers by creating a dynamic business regulation framework that rewards and supports honest British and foreign companies. The creation of safe routes into business sectors at potential risk of modern slavery is crucial to reduce reliance on cheap labour, which is a breeding ground for exploitation.

Taking Back Control of our Borders - Human Trafficking Foundation, November 2020 DOWNLOAD














Brexit and Modern Slavery: Impact on the UK’s Legal Framework for Workers in Supply Chains
COVID-19 resourcesPublications

Data on the Number of people referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) as potential victims of modern slavery in the UK has increased year-on-year. The number for referrals rose by 36% from 2017 2018 and buy for their 52% in 2019 the second ...Read More

TAGS: Europe
Kenya’s human trafficking routes: new data insights into high activity locations and regional risk

In August 2019, Stop the Traffik Kenya (STTK) and Freedom Collaborative (FC), a project operated by Liberty Shared, had conducted a data collection exercise with civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kenya, to report on known human trafficking and h...Read More

TAGS: Africa
The International Legal Definition of Trafficking in Persons: Consolidation of research findings and reflection on issues raised

Until December 2000, the term “trafficking in persons” was not defined in international law, despite its incorporation in several international legal instruments.The long-standing failure to develop an agreed-upon definition of trafficking in pe...Read More

National Hotline 2019 Oklahoma State Report
Graphics & InfographicsPublications

The data in this report represents signals and cases from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 and is accurate as of July 30, 2020. Cases of trafficking may be ongoing or new information may revealed to the National Hotline over time. Consequen...Read More