The Centre for Social Justice has published its second report on Modern Slavery, written by Fiona Cunningham, a former adviser to the Home Secretary, Theresa May.
‘A Modern Response to Modern Slavery’ - a Europe-wide report - looks at how Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) move men, women and children across EU borders and into enslavement.
The report argues that a concerted pan-European drive by national governments and law enforcement is urgently needed to disrupt and defeat the gangs of international criminals making multi-million pound profits from trafficking human beings into a life of slavery.
It warns that the pace of progress in the fight against modern slavery across the EU has been too slow, and that far more needs to be done by law enforcement across Europe.
The report spells out the scale and cruelty of modern slavery in which tens of thousands of vulnerable men, women and children, are traded across borders.
Its 40 recommendations centre on building greater international coordination and include a call for every EU state to bring forward a Modern Slavery Act.
The report also reveals the case of housing built in Slovakia, unwittingly funded by the UK taxpayer. Slovakians refer to the houses as ‘smarties’ because they are painted in bright colours. They are built on the proceeds of benefit fraud orchestrated by an OCG network which duped families looking for work into travelling to the UK by coach. On arrival, the traffickers seized their documents, forced them to claim benefits then kept the money.
The report was covered on the Today Programme and BBC Breakfast, and Fiona Cunningham also appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC 2 in coverage of the report.
Fiona Cunningham also wrote an editorial on the report in The Yorkshire Post