Hope for Justice and our partners who make up the Coalition to Stop Slavery are calling on the Government to make the UK a hostile environment for traffickers, not the victims of trafficking, as part of a week of events and campaigns to mark Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October.
Did you know that human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery are currently a low-risk, high-reward enterprise for criminals?
One investigation showed that of all the traffickers prosecuted under the Modern Slavery Act over a six-year period, only 23% were successfully convicted.
And if a trafficker is actually convicted, they stand a good chance of a lenient sentence or even walking free.
The Coalition to Stop Slavery is therefore asking the Government to urgently address the appalling conviction rate for modern slavery offences which should include moves to improve sentencing guidelines and training for judges so that perpetrators receive sentences that reflect the seriousness of their crimes.
In late 2023 The Coalition is convening a group of anti-slavery and legal experts who can make specific recommendations.
Let’s make the UK a hostile environment for traffickers, not the victims of trafficking.