Priority 2: Law enforcement & criminal justice
To promote an improved law enforcement and criminal justice response across the UK, to support development and adoption of effective training and to drive improvements in data collection

Why law enforcement & criminal justice response?


At present modern slavery in the UK is viewed by criminals as a high profit and low risk crime. In 2014 the Home Office estimated that there were between 10,000 – 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery across the UK. In the same year, just 2,340 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism.

 

Very few modern slavery crimes come to the attention of police and criminal justice agencies, and minimal modern slavery offenders are caught and convicted. The Modern Slavery Act has given law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need; it is essential that they now use these tools to their full effect. Proactive policing and rapid, sustained responses that disrupt entire criminal networks are particularly important in investigating this serious and often organised crime. If traffickers are not relentlessly pursued they will simply continue to source and exploit more victims.

 

Evaluating law enforcement responses across the UK will enable the identification of best practice and examination of areas where there must be improvement.

Areas of focus


Related News & Insights


News | 23 October 2018
The Modern Slavery Unit in the Home Office has launched a newsletter to keep stakeholders informed of its progress in delivering reform of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), and to share key news from its partners in their work to tackle modern slavery.
News | 22 October 2018
A new report released jointly today by the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab takes a close look at modern slavery, environmental destruction and climate change as interconnected crises. The study reveals the ways in which these three areas are intrinsically linked, strongly supporting the argument that it is vital to for them to be routinely considered as connected issues and tackled with holistic strategies.
News | 18 October 2018
A new collaborative study between experts at the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, issued on 18 Oct 2018, looks at the true extent and nature of modern slavery and human trafficking in hand car washes in the UK.
News | 15 October 2018
The Human Trafficking Foundation has today published the updated Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards, a vital resource for frontline practitioners who work with survivors. These Standards have been endorsed by Kevin Hyland OBE, the inaugural Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
News | 11 October 2018
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s (IASC) office, in collaboration with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, has today launched an online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery.
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