Over A Thousand Trafficking Victims Detained In Prison-like Conditions Last Year


More than 1,200 immigration detainees were found to be potential trafficking victims before, during or after time spent in immigration detention centres in 2019. The newly released Home Office figures were secured by data-mapping project After Exploitation via Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

The Home Office oversees several processes designed to recognise and prevent modern slavery victims from wrongful detention. Crucially, the department oversees a detention safeguard called 'Detention Gatekeeping' which is meant to identify immigrants too vulnerable to detain - including those who have been trafficked.

This newly-released data suggests that in more than 1,200 cases last year, safeguards intended to identify trafficking victims failed to prevent them from being detained.

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