Bernard Silverman

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Modern slavery (which is often, but not always, closely associated with human trafficking) takes many forms: forced labour in many different sectors, debt bondage, trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced prostitution, domestic servitude, descent-based slavery and so on.It probably occurs in every country in the world.

 

As part of the launch of the UK Governmentís Modern Slavery Strategy, leading to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, I was involved in what is probably the first scientific estimate of the scale of Modern Slavery in the UK, obtaining an estimate of 10,000 to 13,000 potential victims of trafficking in the UK in 2013.

There is a great need for a deeper and more detailed understanding of Modern Slavery, throughout the world, in order to recognise and combat it.

I am involved in this area as a member of the Prime Ministerís Task Force on Modern Slavery and of the Advisory Board of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and in various research collaborations, for example with the Contemporary Slavery group at Nottingham University.

 

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