Preventing human trafficking

FLEX conducts evidence-based advocacy to promote effective anti-trafficking responses that prevent exploitation, proactively identify trafficked persons, and ensure that their rights are central to national and international law, policy and practice. FLEX works to ensure that the enforcement of labour rights forms part of the national and international responses to trafficking for labour exploitation. We see labour standards as a central component of an effective anti-trafficking response.

FLEX aims to build understanding of the ‘prevention’ obligation in the international trafficking framework and to highlight the importance of labour inspection as a means of preventing labour abuses from developing in to severe labour exploitation. In the UK, our research and advocacy on the prevention of trafficking for labour exploitation has shaped the development of UK law and policy, including ensuring that prevention measures were addressed the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  Our ongoing advocacy is focused on:

  • The role of well-resourced labour inspectorates in pro-active identification of labour rights abuses as a key driver of trafficking for labour exploitation;
  • Ending impunity for labour exploitation through enforcement of labour standards and protection of the rights of workers, including exploited workers’ access to legal remedies; and
  • Ensuring companies are accountable for exploitation found in their supply chains through comparable, enforceable and transparent measures.