A critical analysis of the UK response to human trafficking

Taylor, Maureen P. (2006) A critical analysis of the UK response to human trafficking. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Human trafficking has been recognised by academics and governments alike as an issue of international and domestic concern. Despite a lack of reliable data concerning its nature, scale and appropriate response, international strategy and domestic policy and legislation have been developed in order to address the issue. Whilst the Home Office and law enforcement agencies report success in tackling human trafficking into the UK, a number of criticisms have also been made regarding the few successful prosecutions of offenders, the lack of support for victims, the disproportionate focus on sex trafficking and the ineffectiveness of multi agency cooperation. Researchers have also identified a lack of critical analysis of the goals of trafficking policy. This research will critically analyse the UK’s legislative and policy response to human trafficking within an international and EU context, and provide an in-depth critical analysis of domestic policy proposals and operational policy implementation through Reflex, analysing the extent to which it demonstrably contributes to the realisation of the UK’s obligations and stated commitments as an EU Member State. This will take the form of a literature based analysis of human trafficking into the UK, and as such a research strategy has been adopted which has enabled access to a wide variety of data sources and a comprehensive and systematic literature search and review. This research will conclude that on the surface, the UK appears to be committed to tackling human trafficking with robust legislative measures and ever increasing policy and operational developments. However, in placing human trafficking within a narrow law enforcement and immigration agenda, policy implementation is problematic in terms of ineffective multi agency cooperation and a consequent lack of victim support and protection.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2012 09:31
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:01
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7897

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