Operating in the dark: The identification of forced labour in the UK.
Shepherd, Rowena; Wilkinson, Mick
Dr Mick Wilkinson M.D.Wilkinson@hull.ac.uk
Lecturer in Modern Slavery, Criminology & Social Justice
Presented here are the findings of a research study undertaken between 2015 and 2018 that focused on existing arrangements and mechanisms for front-line identification of the victims of forced labour in the UK. The study drew upon interviews with service professionals in en-forcement and policing organisations together with workers in non-governmental victim sup-port agencies. These findings reveal significant failings in current approaches, that suggest processes for the identification of victims remain, at best, uneven from service to service, lo-cation to location, at worst wholly inadequate. The study also exposed widespread stake-holder concerns around UK government regulatory guidance and immigration policies, suggesting that these were hindering rather than assisting them in the process of identification. Further, that the deregulated employment environment was one in which forced labour practices could both thrive and remain well-hidden amongst wider employer exploitation and abuse.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Journal||Critical social policy|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Shepherd, R., & Wilkinson, M. (in press). Operating in the dark: The identification of forced labour in the UK. Critical social policy : CSP, https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018320921540|
|Keywords||Deregulation; Forced labour; Hostile environment; Identification|
Forced labour, identification, deregulation, hostile environment
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