Working Paper: Access to Compensation for Victims of Human Trafficking
Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) have recently released a working paper which covers access to compensation for victims of human trafficking. The paper considers the ability of victims of human trafficking, and other forms of modern slavery, to access compensation one year on from the enactment of the Modern Slavery Act.
The Modern Slavery Act included the ability for courts to make 'reparation orders' following the conviction of exploiters. However, the findings of this research indicate that little has changed for victims seeking justice who are still facing significant legal and practical barriers to obtaining compensation for the abuses committed against them.
The SLF provided a grant to FLEX, working with Leigh Day solicitors, to carry out pre-litigation research on the new Modern Slavery Act and to identify gaps in the Bills provisions in relation to the protection needs of victims of trafficking.