With an estimated 45 million victims of slavery worldwide, trafficking is the fastest growing crime. Innocent men, women and children, often in vulnerable circumstances, are being exploited and abused for profit.
At the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, the Prime Minister urged world leaders to work together to develop a response based on strong law enforcement and legislation, reducing vulnerability and supporting victims, tackling transparency in supply chains and effective international cooperation.
The UK is seen as a global leader in the fight against slavery largely due to the Modern Slavery Act passed last year. The CSJ’s 2013 report, It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to fight modern slavery, sparked much of this progress and was fundamental in seeing slavery become a political priority.
However, as outlined in the CSJ’s latest report, A Modern Response to Modern Slavery, and in the PM’s announcement this week, the battle has not yet been won.
With slavery thriving in too many European nations, the CSJ's report A Modern Response to Modern Slavery, authored by Fiona Hill, special advisor to the then Home Secretary Theresa May, and with a foreword by May, sought to offer a solution.
The report looks at how slavery should be tackled in every European country, offering 40 practical recommendations including harmonised terminology, a requirement for countries to obtain reliable data and holding law enforcement, borders and immigration officials to account.
We hope that every country will take up the Prime Minister's call to play their part in ending slavery and that together we can see an end to slavery once and for all. Slavery is not inevitable and leaders have the power to end it.
CSJ Report: A Modern Response to Modern Slavery