Modern Day Slavery
Human Trafficking is a disturbing and abhorrent crime with victims being trafficked for reasons of exploitation and criminal activity. It affects children and adults from all backgrounds with those targeted being both British and foreign nationals. Despite reported and confirmed incidents of trafficking demonstrating a 25% rise nationally it is widely believed that the official ‘trafficking statistics’ are the tip of the iceberg.
It is felt that more needs to be done to recognise and respond to human trafficking and modern day slavery.
In August 2013 the Home secretary announced the introduction of a Modern Day Slavery Bill. This Bill increased the maximum sentences for trafficking offences and introduced trafficking prevention orders which are designed to restrict the activity of offenders when they are released from prison. However, we feel more needs to be done to address the naivety and confusion surrounding Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. A key report by the Centre for Social Justice ‘It Happened Here: equipping the United Kingdom to fight Modern Day Slavery’ argues more needs to be done to tackle human trafficking. In a further report in 2013 it highlighted a stronger approach needs to be taken to data collection, raising awareness amongst frontline professionals and co-ordination of prevention activities.
In March 2016 the Home Office published frontline staff guidance for victims of modern day slavery. The report is clear that frontline staff need to understand the key steps they need to take when they identify a victim of modern day slavery.