Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham report: Modern Slavery – The UK picture

As one of the major challenges facing us today…we need to know everything we can about the scale, causes, and consequences of modern slavery, and strategies to combat it.

This is from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE.

In partnership with the University of Nottingham Rights Lab, Kevin Hyland has released an April 2018 report (pdf) on modern slavery.

The report brings together findings from the 2017 survey to map out who is working on slavery in the UK, what research they are undertaking and where more needs to be done to strengthen the evidence base.

The report finds:

  • UK is widely known as a destination for victims of trafficking, many coming from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America
  • In 2017, the National Crime Agency reported that 3,805 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2016
  • The most recent reporting indicates that the majority of victims identified in the UK were foreign citizens, with the most common being Albanian, Vietnamese, Nigerian and Chinese nationals
  • Internal trafficking has also been raised as a serious issue, with UK citizens being one of the five most commonly identified victims in the UK.

It concludes that further research is needed on:

  • The experience of specific groups
  • How exploitation occurs in local and international supply chains
  • The nature of exploitation in migration
  • Specific types of slavery and exploitation
  • The Modern Slavery Act

Read the full report (pdf).