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Gary Craig, Alex Balch, Hannah Lewis, and Louise Waite

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346791

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346791.001.0001

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Human trafficking: addressing the symptom, not the cause

Human trafficking: addressing the symptom, not the cause

(p.145) Six Human trafficking: addressing the symptom, not the cause
The Modern Slavery Agenda

Kate Roberts

Policy Press

This chapter discuss how campaigning and amendments to the Modern Slavery Act, together with a government-commissioned review, resulted in workers being able to change employers within the six-month duration of their visa. In addition, those formally confirmed as trafficked are now permitted to apply for a two-year-long visa to work as a domestic worker in a private home without recourse to public funds. However, these measures fall short of the rights contained within the original visa, which not only worked to support domestic workers to escape abuse, but also went a long way towards preventing exploitative work and provided a pathway for those who had left exploitative work to move on with their lives. The chapter argues that the UK needs to move beyond the ‘rescue and release’ law enforcement-based approach that it has taken to date.

Keywords:   human trafficking, Modern Slavery Act, overseas domestic workers, working visa, labour exploitation

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