Home Office press release:
UK GIVES £6 MILLION BOOST TO GLOBAL SLAVERY BATTLE
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced an investment of £6million in ambitious projects to tackle modern slavery around the world and provide vital support for victims.
The first Modern Slavery Innovation Fund awards will be shared by 10 organisations working to eradicate the crime, particularly in countries from which victims are trafficked to the UK.
It will help pay for projects to stop child slavery in factories supplying products to this country and work to identify and disrupt key human trafficking routes to the UK used by organised crime gangs.
Direct interventions will help support vulnerable victims, bring those responsible to justice, and improve local law enforcement responses to slavery. The investment will also fund crucial research into this global issue and will help raise awareness in key hotspots to prevent exploitation.
Ms Rudd announced the successful bidders while speaking at a RUSI event today (Wednesday 15 March) on the role of financial institutions in tackling human trafficking.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“Modern slavery is a global human rights outrage that casts a dark shadow around the world.
“This barbaric crime affects every country and this funding will protect those who risk being trafficked to our shores or who suffer intolerable cruelty to make the products we buy.
“The UK is leading the international response but we can’t do it alone – it is imperative the world unites and strives to end slavery together.”
The global trade in humans has been estimated to cost $150 billion a year, with 45.8 million victims of slavery around the world and 10,000-13,000 in the UK.
The £6 million is the first investment from the £11 million Modern Slavery Innovation Fund announced by the Home Secretary last year. The fund forms part of £33.5 million of overseas aid funding set aside to support the UK’s lead in the global fight against modern slavery.
The Government’s world-leading Modern Slavery Act 2015 gave law enforcement new powers to tackle these crimes, introduced tougher sentences and increased protection for victims. But there is more to do and the Government has continued to act.
Last summer, the Prime Minister announced that she will chair a Modern Slavery Taskforce that will focus on the law enforcement response, and the Home Secretary instructed Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to carry out a detailed inspection of the police response.
In October, the Home Secretary also set out the details of an £8.5 million fund to be used to support law enforcement agencies in tackling modern slavery, providing over 50 additional analysts, specialists and investigators who will assist the police in England and Wales to provide high quality intelligence and analysis to assess the threat at a national and regional level.
NOTES TO EDITORS
- The Home Secretary will be the key note speaker at a RUSI event exploring the role of financial institutions in the disruption of human trafficking today (Wednesday 15 March). The event and her speech will be live streamed here. For further information about the event please contact Lieke Bos firstname.lastname@example.org/ +44 (0) 20 7747 4993.
- The 10 organisations will each receive awards of between £140,000 and £1,300,000 for anti-slavery projects. They are:
- The Salvation Army – Running awareness, prevention and survivor recovery programmes in the Philippines and Nigeria.
- The Freedom Fund – Supporting their community-based work in tackling modern slavery in particular ‘hot spots’ in Northern India.
- Retrak – Support for child victims in Ethiopia, tackling the drivers of slavery in communities and helping to improve the local law enforcement response.
- Pacific Links Foundation – Tackling slavery in Vietnam with training for police, awareness raising, job placements and evidence gathering on trafficking operations.
- NSPCC – Expansion of their Child Trafficking Advice Centre to provide training and co-ordination between relevant law enforcement, border and social work professionals in Vietnam and Ghana.
- ALLIANCE HR – Tackling slavery in supply chains in the South African fruit and wine industry, working with the sector through training and awareness raising for employers.
- GoodWeave International – Expanding their successful supply chain assurance model from the South Asian rug sector to other high-risk industries in India.
- St Mary’s University, London – Research into key trafficking routes into the UK from Nigeria, Vietnam and Albania and the involvement of organised crime, aiming to identify key entry points to aid law enforcement.
- University of Bedfordshire –Exploring vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation from key source countries and the resulting experiences in the UK, using the International Organization for Migration ‘vulnerability and capacities framework’.
- United Nations University – Creating a ‘Knowledge Platform’ to support the UN goal to end modern slavery, gathering research from around the world and boosting resulting action.
- The Modern Slavery Innovation Fund will make available up to £11m of Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding from 2016/17 to 2020/21. The initial £6m will cover the period to 2018/19. Plans for further funding will be announced at a later date, once the first projects have been reviewed and evaluated.
- To qualify, bidders provided evidence their scheme would drive at least one of six key objectives set out by the Home Office: improve law enforcement, legislation and policy; reduce vulnerability to exploitation; aid victim support and recovery; improve global co-ordination; encourage responsible business and slavery-free supply chains; and enhancing the evidence base.
- The Walk Free Foundation’s Global Slavery Index 2016 estimates there are 45.8 million victims of slavery globally. The Home Office estimated there were 10,000 to 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013.
- In 2015, 3,266 victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism, the UK’s support system for modern slavery. This represents a 40% increase compared to 2014 (2,340 referrals). Latest figures show 289 modern slavery offences prosecuted in 2015, up from 253 offences prosecuted in 2014.
- In 2014, the International Labour Organization estimated the global trade in humans costs $150 billion. In 2013, the Home Office estimated human trafficking for sexual exploitation alone cost the UK £890 million.
- For media enquiries including bids for interviews, contact the Home Office Press Office on 020 7035 3535.
This post was written by Stronger Together