Vietnam is consistently identified as a top country of origin for victims of modern slavery in the UK. The Commissioner is currently researching how best to tackle this.
The Commissioner visited Vietnam in November 2015 at the request of the then Prime Minister David Cameron. The visit helped develop cooperation between the UK and Vietnam on this issue. The Commissioner helped secure strong commitments from the Vietnamese authorities to work with the UK Government to better understand and end the exploitation of Vietnamese nationals in modern slavery in the UK.
To date there has been limited understanding on the trafficking and enslavement of Vietnamese nationals. The Commissioner therefore asked Dr Daniel Silverstone, who is well respected for his work on East Asian organised crime issues, to carry out important research to shine a light on this issue and enable the development of more effective responses in Vietnam and the UK.
During the first stage of the research Dr Silverstone undertook a state of the art literature review. Following the completion of this review, the Commissioner will provide initial recommendations to the Prime Minister. Recommendations will cover the importance of increased focus on monitoring and evaluation of prevention activities, the need to devote greater attention to prevention and reintegration efforts concerning the exploitation of men and boys, and ideas on how to equip first responders in the UK to understand the context of Vietnamese trafficking.