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 | 30 January 2018
Today The Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers, in partnership with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, publish a report detailing the findings of their special investigation into modern slavery. The report was launched in...
News | 26 January 2018
Modern slavery and human trafficking will not be solved without a concerted effort by the private sector. Of the estimated 40 million people enslaved today, 16 million are thought to be working for companies around the world, which is why I have written...
News | 12 January 2018
The Commissioner has launched a new guide in collaboration with the Local Government Association providing an overview of the steps councils can take to understand and tackle modern slavery in their area.
News | 03 January 2018
No part of the UK is immune from the brutal abuse of modern slavery. From cities to suburbs, men, women and children are exploited in residential homes converted into brothels, factories with hazardous working conditions, farms securely surveilled and...
News | 20 December 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner spoke with the Thomson Reuters Foundation on tackling modern day slavery. The Commissioner called for a complete shift in culture in order to address the crime with the severity required. You can read the full...
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