The UK Government holds vital data on modern slavery, but very little is published. Too often, it is up to groups like ours to join the dots.
Through our investigations, we use Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to better understand the immigration detention of survivors, deportation, and even instances in which potential victims are recognised by authorities but never passed on for support. We are still fighting for data on destitution and counselling waiting times amongst survivors.
Survivors of slavery are being discouraged from reporting abuse through a series of cuts to support made by the UK Government. Through Part 5 of the Nationality and Borders Act, passed this year, survivors of human trafficking are only allowed support where the Home Office decides it is ‘necessary’. Judges and decision makers will also be forced to penalise victims who do not disclose abuse ‘quickly enough’.