With the recognition that adequate and robust support and protections are a key element to prevention, FLEX’s response to the Victims' Bill consultation primarily looks at the proposals with the aim of reducing risk of labour exploitation. FLEX’s underlying position and recommendation is that all workers, regardless of employment and immigration status, should be able and supported to report abuse and access vital protections. FLEX is concerned that the immigration enforcement-centred approach to human trafficking (in conjunction with broader ‘Hostile Environment’ policies) has created and exacerbated vulnerabilities that impede victims’ ability to access support and exit their exploitation. We recognise that while the ambitions of the Bill are laudable, the success of their delivery will depend on the details and the degree to which the barriers which exist in practice for victims are addressed.
Delivering justice for victims: A consultation on improving victims’ experiences of the justice system – consultation response