After Exploitation responds to Essex lorry deaths

Last week, 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated lorry in Essex, suspected to have been trafficked. Like so many others watching the new unfold, we have been horrified by the details of this case. Now, we are resolute in asking the Government to introduce policies which will help tackle modern slavery rather than fuel it further.

Director of After Exploitation, Maya Esslemont, said:

“One of the strongest ways to put traffickers out of business is the introduction of safe passage and fair visas. Without these measures, traffickers’ services will remain highly profitable and sought-after.

Worryingly, victims trafficked into the UK are deterred from disclosing important evidence about gang activity, as they live in realistic fear of being deported or detained. Our research found that, last year alone, 507 potential victims of trafficking were held in prison-like settings under Immigration Powers.

Future immigration reforms intending to curb trafficking must acknowledge these realities.”

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