COVID-19 Restrictions Impacting Trafficking Referrals in the UK

London – There have been fewer potential cases of modern slavery identified since the UK began responding to COVID-19, and providing support survivors need has become more challenging, an Anti-Slavery Week panel discussion hosted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was told. In 2019, 10,627 potential victims of trafficking (VoTs) were identified in the UK and referred for support, a 52 per cent increase over 2018.

"Migration is one of the key realities of our time. It cuts across communities, influences priorities, and shapes societies.
To realise the benefits of migration for migrants and host communities alike, our responses must be innovative, collaborative and designed beyond the immediate."

 

Dipti Pardeshi, Chief of Mission of the IOM UK Office