UK government fails trafficking victims

by Black Captain

The UK government is failing many victims of human trafficking by treating them as immigration cases rather than potential victims of a crime, often adopting a confrontational and sceptical stance that can exacerbate trauma, according to anti-trafficking groups.

The UK signed up four years ago to a European convention committing to fair treatment of trafficked people , but those who happened to come from the EU were overwhelmingly more likely to have officials agree they were victims as compared to those from elsewhere, according to a report from the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group, which comprises nine organisations including Anti-Slavery International and Amnesty.

The study, Hidden in Plain Sight, also analysed 40 rejection [of
trafficking claims] letters issued under the process, saying it found possible errors or reasons to doubt the decision in 36.