UK: The fight against modern slavery and human trafficking in 2016

UK: The fight against modern slavery and human trafficking in 2016

2016 is shaping up to be a year that many may wish to forget. Leaving Brexit and Trump’s election aside, the Sports Direct and Byron Burger scandals plus countless other stories of worker abuse have left us feeling that it’s one step forward and two steps back in the fight against modern slavery.

But if anything, 2016 has showed us that modern slavery is a prominent public issue now.  We’re certainly excited to focus our attention on what 2017 can bring in supply chain improvements and the eradication of human trafficking.

To do so, let’s recap on three major occurrences that have happened this year to summarise the situation going into 2017:

Human Trafficking into the UK: where does the journey really end?

Human Trafficking into the UK: where does the journey really end?

Numerous headlines over the past few years have pointed to a new low for human trafficking. We’ve heard about many distressing incidents of smuggling people in deadly conditions, forced labour of both adults and children, and these regular news updates has done nothing to convince us that modern day slavery is diminishing. Britain played a prominent role in the slave trade centuries ago, and it’s clear that, albeit more hidden, the industry still thrives on home soil.