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Blog
28 Nov 2022

This week we are marking 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence by shedding a light on the widespread issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, sharing the experiences of some of the women in low-paid and insecure work who have been involved in our research. Earlier this year, the 

Blog
28 Nov 2022

This week we are marking 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence by shedding a light on sexual harassment in the workplace, sharing the experiences of some of the women in low-paid and insecure work who have been involved in our research and calling for better protections against sexual

News
22 Nov 2022

FLEX has published a briefing which explores the risks of exploitation and modern slavery faced by workers as a result of UK immigration policy and what needs to be done to address them to ensure workers are protected and treated fairly.

Blog
25 Oct 2022

Today, a Bill which threatens to undermine fundamental workers’ rights is passing through its second reading in Parliament.

Blog
18 Oct 2022

To commemorate Anti-Slavery Day 2022, the Helen Bamber Foundation and Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), respective Chair and Secretariat of the

Blog
29 Sep 2022

News this week that the UK Government is expected to announce plans to increase immigration to address labour shortages comes as little surprise. Without migrant workers, many industries, including the UK’s agricultural sector, would not survive. Yet the UK’s planning for immigration to meet this need has been short-term and rushed, with little benefit from independent scrutiny or learning and little regard to ensuring a fair deal for workers. 

Blog
18 Aug 2022

A recent Guardian investigation has found new evidence of migrant workers being saddled with debts to get jobs on British farms. This isn’t the first such story and it won’t be the last; FLEX has been warning since 2018 that high upfront costs for visas and travel, and insufficient safeguards against recruitment fees, would lead to dangerous levels of debt – and with it, risk of exploitation – for workers on the UK’s Seasonal Worker Visa. 

Blog
3 Aug 2022

In July 2022, the US State Department published the 2022 edition of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. While the UK retained its Tier 1 status, i.e., that it is deemed as fully complying with the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards, the TIP report lays out a number of serious concerns with the UK’s anti-trafficking system. Certainly, the strength of the criticism towards the UK, despite its close relationship with the US, points to a nation that is withdrawing from its international obligations on trafficking. 

Publication
1 Aug 2022

A new report based on research led by Nottingham Rights Lab in partnership with FLEX, the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has identified the factors that put live-in migrant carers at greater risk of exploitation and modern slavery.