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 | 15 August 2018
New analysis by the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab in partnership with the office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner finds poor performance in the UK agricultural sector against the 'transparency in supply chains' provision of the Modern Slavery Act.
News | 03 July 2018
Along with 35 businesses, organisations and individuals, I am today publishing a joint statement calling on the government to establish a central registry for corporate modern slavery statements.
News | 18 June 2018
Public procurement is a powerful tool in the fight against modern slavery but the UK government is not yet using it strongly enough.
News | 11 June 2018
The eradication of recruitment fees is crucial to reducing modern slavery and protecting vulnerable migrant workers. Today, I support the businesses and other organisations gathering in Singapore this week for the 2018 Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment and Employment.
News | 30 May 2018
The Commissioner has written a joint letter with investors totalling assets under management of £817 billion to FTSE 100 companies which failed to comply with the Modern Slavery Act.
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