After Exploitation is an not-for-profit organisation using varied data sources, including Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, to track the hidden outcomes of modern slavery in the UK.
A growing body of evidence shows that many survivors face further challenges even after leaving settings of exploitation, including deportation, detention, and disbelief within the trafficking determination process. However, the scale of these barriers to support is poorly publicised due to insufficient data in the public domain. Through our investigations, we know that a majority of this information – including on cases of wrongful detention – is collected but never published by the Home Office.
Areas of focus
Campaigning for transparency
We call on the Government to release the data it holds on the immigration and support outcomes of modern slavery victims in the UK. We believe that a lack of transparency has allowed the detention and deportation of trafficking victims to persist.
After Exploitation is calling on MPs to reintroduce the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill clause on data transparency, which would require the Secretary of State to release outcomes on survivor outcomes such as voluntary returns, detention and deportation. The data transparency clause was removed due to Government pressure in December, when the Bill was re-tabled by Lord McColl. We remain a signatory of the Free For Good campaign.
Highlighting hidden data
Until the Government releases the modern slavery data most needed by journalists, politicians and researchers, it is up to us to build a comprehensive picture of the barriers to support facing survivors. So far, our investigations have evidenced the use of immigration detention on thousands of potential survivors, authorities’ routine failure to refer victims, and nationaliy bias in trafficking decision-making.