Anti Slavery Day: 50+ experts call for end to harms facing survivors
BID joins After Exploitation & over 50 other experts to call for the government to stop detaining victims of modern slavery
18 October 2020
On Anti-Slavery BID joined After Exploitation and more than 50 other organisations and experts to call on the government to stop detaining victims of modern slavery.
Modern slavery deprives people of their liberty, and often leaves victims with the life-long legacy of physical, mental or sexual abuse. Yet, too many victims who seek help from the authorities are subject to harmful immigration control measures rather than support. 1,256 potential trafficking victims were held in prison-like detention centres, last year alone, due to their immigration status. Many will go on to become ‘confirmed’ victims, with 42 already recognised as having been trafficked. Conversely, the State only convicted 35 traffickers in the same period. In practice, we hold more survivors, than perpetrators, behind bars.