Modern slavery and public health @PHE_uk @ScHARRpubhealth @HEandIG project @lizzysuch

Congratulations to our Public Health Theme on this PHE briefing.

Modern slavery is defined as the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation. It is a crime under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and includes holding a person in a position of slavery, servitude forced or compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them soon after 14.

Introduction

Modern slavery is a human rights violation and has severe consequences for the health and wellbeing of survivors. It is an exploitative crime that impacts on physical and mental health and has public health implications. The role of public health in addressing modern slavery has not been fully articulated in the UK. This project addressed this gap by asking the following questions.

  1. What is the case for public health engagement in addressing modern slavery?
  2. What are the components of a ‘public health approach’ to modern slavery?
  3. What are the gaps in understanding, approach and practical action in public health on the issue of modern slavery?

Read more of the briefing here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modern-slavery-and-public-health/modern-slavery-and-public-health

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