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Sector response: “We must support, not suppress, survivors of modern slavery”

We condemn measures proposed by the UK’s Prime Minister on Tuesday (13 December 2022), which would subject survivors of all forms of labour abuse and sexual exploitation to more scrutiny and less support. Regressive in substance, these proposals would significantly weaken the UK’s framework for identifying victims of modern slavery. Survivors of modern slavery risk […]

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Statistics Regulator reprimands Home Office for modern slavery claims

The Home Office has been reprimanded by the UK statistics watchdog for claiming that a rise in trafficking referrals meant that confirmed victims were ‘gaming’ the system.  In response to a sector-wide letter, voicing concerns around the Home Office’s claims, the Office for Statistics Regulation yesterday said that the available figures did not support the […]

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Telegraph complaint: Slavery support is not a ‘loophole’

Along with 20 other NGOs, we have submitted the below complaint to the press regulator, IPSO. On 16th August, a national newspaper ran a front-page story claiming that recognised trafficking victims were exploiting a ‘loophole’. The Telegraph claimed that a rise in trafficking cases was indicative of abuse of the system, despite thousands of survivors […]

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Call for participation: Experts by experience workshop [paid opportunity] 

About the project Working with After Exploitation, photojournalist Amy Romer and University of Bath academic Emma Barnes-Lewis, we are running a workshop to chronicle the shortcomings in support offered to survivors of exploitation in the UK. As part of this work, we are looking for six experts-by-experience to contribute their thoughts on what could be […]

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Global Reporting Centre collaboration will investigate support for survivors of U.K. modern slavery through testimony, policy and photography

A new collaboration aims to uncover the realities facing UK survivors of exploitation, in the wake of controversial changes to support made under the Nationality and Borders Act. Through first-hand testimony, policy and non-intrusive photography, Amy Romer (photojournalist, National Geographic Explorer and author of The Dark Figure*), Maya Esslemont (of After Exploitation) and six experts […]

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CHARITY SECTOR LETTER: DON’T PUNISH SURVIVORS FOR COMING FORWARD

[Letter downloadable here] Joint letter from 30+ NGOs to The Telegraph, in response to Modern slavery law ‘is biggest loophole’ for migrants Theresa May’s legislation exploited by criminals to escape deportation, says former minister published 17 August 2022 We are concerned by renewed attempts, as published in The Telegraph yesterday [17 August] to restrict the already basic, […]

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Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report 2022: After Exploitation comments on UK recommendations

The UK has been criticised in this years’ Trafficking in Persons report, issued by the US State Department, due to “measures which …observers believed would hinder victim identification and protection efforts, particularly among undocumented migrants.”  According to the report, evidence submitted to the US State Department illustrated that “long term care and reintegration support for victims were inadequate, […]

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Joint statement: Sir Mo Farah’s bravery must inspire government to act for all victims

Last night the BBC aired The Real Mo Farah. We applaud Sir Mo Farah, previously Hussein Abdi Kahin, for his courage in sharing his experience of being a survivor of child trafficking and shining a much-needed light on this vital issue. His action should stand as an inspiration for us all and strengthen our resolve to identify trafficking, protect […]

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Modern slavery (Part 5) in the Lords: Some victories

Some defeats on the Nationality and Borders Bill, but more work to do Part 5: “The Government refuses to listen” Last night, Part 5 of the Nationality and Borders Bill (measures relating to modern slavery) were discussed at Report Stage in the House of Lords. Each speaker condemned Part 5 of the Nationality and Borders […]

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Our statement on year-end modern slavery statistics (2021) – 03/03/2022

[A shortened version of this statement appears in the Independent, and elsewhere – 03/03/2022] Whilst the Home Office claims use of the human trafficking determination process is sky rocketing, today’s data paints a very different story. Published on 03/03/2022, the Home Office’s year-end modern slavery statistics state clearly that there has been a “20% rise” […]