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Protecting victims of modern slavery – how does your service measure up?

Blog posted by: Patrick Duce, Friday, 27 January 2017.

A new report has made a series of recommendations for homelessness services, anti-slavery organisations, local authorities, the government and police to improve the multi-agency response to modern slavery.

A new report has highlighted how rough sleepers have been targeted and by traffickers and are at risk of being exposed to labour exploitation and abuse. Victims of modern slavery are also particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless after exiting safe-house support provision, and the lack of support networks can be catastrophic.

Last year Homeless Link supported The Passage, to survey our members to help better understand the scope and scale of trafficking and modern slavery issues within the homelessness sector. The report commissioned by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, draws together evidence from focus groups with frontline workers, survey of homelessness organisations, in depth interviews and data sets of homelessness organisations.

Kevin Hyland OBE, (the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner) comments in the report, “Those who work with the homeless are in a powerful position to identify potential victims of modern slavery, provide support and prevent exploitation from happening in the first place”.

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