A pathway to recovery?

The pathway from ‘victim’ to ‘survivor’ of trafficking can be tricky to navigate. Each person’s circumstances will be different, but for many it will involve recovering from the effects of exploitation on their mental or physical health as well as addressing immediate material needs such as somewhere to live and money for food and essential supplies. At the moment, the Modern Slavery Act does not provide victims with the support they need in order to recover and rebuild their lives.

Day 46

How we spend millions rescuing victims of human trafficking only to abandon them before they recover

Anti-Slavery Day 2016: Examining the UK's Response to Modern Slavery; Key note speech by Fiona Mactaggart MP

My message is in three parts: 1. It is very good that our new Prime Minister feels personal investment in this issue and that the Government is open to reviewing the success of its work. I just wish it acted on the recommendations of those independent reviews. 2. But it’s intolerable that still thousands of people are enslaved in Britain – and despite legislation which is regarded as leading, most traffickers are not caught, few slaves are freed and even those who are are unlikely to see their exploiter convicted, or themselves get compensation for trauma and exploitation. If we protected victims better we would be able to catch and convict more slave masters. 3. The EU and ECHR has driven progress for victims. Brexit threatens their limited rights and yet the impact of Brexit on enslaved people hasn’t even been discussed.

Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards, Speaker’s House, 18th October 2016 Speech by Anthony Steen

Six years ago, I piloted my Private Members Bill through Parliament, helped by Lola Young in the Lords. The result – October 18th now UK’s Anti-Slavery Day.

ATLEU wins Anti-Slavery Day award

The annual ceremony pays tribute to the work of those in the media who have highlighted the issue of modern slavery in the UK, as well as those who have made an outstanding contribution to the fight against it.

Anti-Slavery Day 2015

Anti-Slavery Day has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. From a small handful of events organised in 2011, to dozens of events organised around the country and throughout October in 2015; Anti-Slavery Day is gathering momentum with each passing year.

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill

In recent months, the UK’s approach to addressing human trafficking has been dramatically transformed. This year the various legislative bodies of the UK have recognised the great need to improve upon the framework in place to address the problem. In January, the Northern Irish Assembly adopted the Lord Morrow’s Private Members Bill, the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act; in March, the UK Parliament adopted the Modern Slavery Act; and on 1st October the Scottish Parliament passed the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.

How the West Midlands Anti Trafficking Network developed

Multi-agency response has recently been recognised as one of the most efficient ways forward in tackling modern-day slavery. It facilitates better cooperation and a more informed action based on shared best practices and information. The West-Midlands Regional Anti-Trafficking network, started in late 2008, is one of those that has significantly contributed to this recognition paving the way forward for many other recently established networks.

Hidden Migrant Domestic Workers - what happens to them in the UK?

Around 14,000 visas are issued each year to migrant domestic workers accompanying employers to the UK. Other than the reports made by MDWs who register with Kalayaan, there is little evidence as to what happens to the majority of those who enter the UK. However all research since the 2012 visa changes correlates with Kalayaan’s findings, and warn that tying MDWs to employers facilitates their abuse. Most recently the Report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill has recommended that the 2012 changes be reversed.

Winning films from anti-slavery short film competition form key ingredient of new training resource pack for front line workers

Last month anti-slavery charity Unchosen launched their UK and Ireland training resource pack and the second year of their modern-day slavery short film competition.