A new NCA intelligence briefing commissioned by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner provides an updated assessment of the extent to which modern slavery and human trafficking and organised immigration crime involving ethnic Vietnamese organised crime groups and Vietnamese nationals impacts the UK.  

 

Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, said:  

 

“Intelligence assessments are vital in helping to develop effective policy, strategy and operations but, importantly, the insights can also inform practitioners and public debate. In December 2020 I published a high level summary of the NCA’s assessment of the impact of Vietnamese modern slavery and organised immigration crime on the UK. Whilst this provided some helpful insights, I was keen to explore what more could be published. I have worked with the NCA National Assessment Centre to produce a more detailed intelligence briefing, which I am pleased to publish today.”    

 

 “The assessment finds that Vietnamese irregular migrants are at risk of exploitation both en-route to and on arrival in the UK. It highlights the exorbitant fees charged for each part of the journey, involvement of debt bondage, artificial inflation of fees and exploitative working conditions in both legal sectors and illegal activity, such as Cannabis cultivation. Despite this, the UK is perceived as an attractive destination by Vietnamese migrants and the Grays tragedy is assessed as highly unlikely to have had a notable impact on the intent of prospective migrants.”

 

Read the report here.