Human trafficking: a victim’s tale, or is it?

Mullan, Noel (2015) Human trafficking: a victim’s tale, or is it? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The title of this piece is ‘Human trafficking: a victim’s tale, or is it?’ The aim of the dissertation was to identify areas of good practice and opportunities for improvement in the interviewing of victims of Human Trafficking by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
    Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime type globally with vast profits available for the traffickers involved. The global policing response must keep pace with this dynamic crime. The victims of human trafficking are often deceived and/or coerced and can ultimately become completely reliant on their traffickers. Victims can be isolated and because of the levels of control applied by traffickers are afraid and find it hard to trust those in authority. This research examined the PSNI interviewing response to victims of human trafficking and identified areas of good practice and suggested improvement opportunities. A questionnaire was produced seeking opinions and views from officers within the PSNI who had previously interviewed victims of human trafficking asking about their engagement with victims and the strengths and weaknesses of the interviewing response. Responses highlighted the importance of the initial interaction between an interviewer and a victim and how this can greatly influence the dynamic of the engagement. Importantly, participants understood how essential it was to prepare properly for the interview and to engage completely with the victim and their interpreter. The research produced recommendations which will be put to the PSNI including; the introduction of specific training on the subject of human trafficking and the need for specialist interview training for those involved in interviewing victims of human trafficking.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 11:47
    Last Modified: 30 Jun 2015 12:28

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