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Social policy review 22Analysis and debate in social policy, 2010$
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Ian Greener, Chris Holden, and Majella Kilkey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427113

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427113.001.0001

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‘Flexibility’, xenophobia and exploitation: modern slavery in the UK

‘Flexibility’, xenophobia and exploitation: modern slavery in the UK

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(p.173) Eight ‘Flexibility’, xenophobia and exploitation: modern slavery in the UK
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Social policy review 22
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Craig Gary

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427113.003.0009

This chapter provides a comprehensive review of modern slavery in the UK, in the process dispelling the belief that such forms of extreme exploitation no longer exist in the country. It focuses on the two most common forms of modern slavery in the UK: forced labour and human trafficking for sexual purposes. It argues that the biggest driver of forced labour has been increasing deregulation of the labour market, with the UK the second least-protected developed country after the US and with large proportions of agency workers. It provides an important illustration of the transnational nature of many contemporary social problems, and demonstrates that effective responses require international coordination as well as coherence between domestic agencies.

Keywords:   slavery, UK, forced labour, human trafficking, deregulation, labour market, US, contemporary social problems

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