Britain is making it harder for victims to seek protection, the group says
FILE PHOTO: Border officers inspect migrants who crossed to the UK near Dover, June 2022. © Ben Stansall / AFP
Protections against modern slavery in Britain have decreased significantly since the UN reviewed the country’s policies five years ago, the charity Anti-Slavery International warned.
“The context is very different now, with the UK government rolling back crucial support on modern slavery, reclassifying modern slavery as an issue of immigration and casting doubt on the validity of trafficking claims,” the charity’s CEO, Jasmine O’Connor, told The Guardian on Tuesday.
The 183-year-old non-profit, founded in 1839, reports that it is harder to identify slavery victims when British law and policies are “being re-designed to remove some people arriving in the UK much more quickly.”
The charity argued that the “cruel” scheme to deport rejected asylum seekers to Rwanda, approved by the government, will mean that some people could be deported “before their case has even been understood.”