SJF Briefing: How is Human Trafficking Regulated in the UK?

Published: December 2023

How is Human Trafficking Regulated in the UK? A Critical Examination of the UK’s Anti-Trafficking Response

This Scottish Justice Research briefing draws on Dr Konstantinos Kosmas Gaitis’ doctoral thesis titled ‘How Is Human Trafficking Regulated in the UK? A Critical Examination of the UK’s Anti-Trafficking Response’ undertaken at the University of Edinburgh from 2017-2021 (Gaitis, 2021).

Focusing on adult victims, the research examined the anti-trafficking regulatory framework across the UK and the operation of the mechanism used in Britain to deal with human trafficking/modern slavery cases and provide support to victims, namely the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).

For this, Konstantinos analysed policies issued by the UK, Scottish and Northern Irish governments, conducted interviews with practitioners in England and Scotland, and a case study with a domestic sex trafficking victim in England.

As part of the project Konstantinos recorded this podcast with guests, Bronagh Andrew, Operations Manager at the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) and DI Jackie Murray, Police Scotland, Specialist Crime Division (SCD) | Public Protection | National Human Trafficking Unit.

 

The Scottish Justice Fellowships are a collaboration between the Scottish Government, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) and Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR) Fellowships fund leading doctoral researchers near or recently completing PhDs to translate their work into accessible outputs aimed at policy and practice audiences.

Authors / Editors

Dr Konstantinos Kosmas Gaitis

University of Edinburgh

Research Themes

Globalisation, Harm and Social Justice

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