Understanding labour exploitation

FLEX conducts research to better understand trafficking for labour exploitation, including the sectors in which it occurs, the drivers of exploitation and the impact of current responses on trafficked persons.  

FLEX’s recent research on Preventing Trafficking for Labour Exploitation examined exploitation in under-researched sectors, including construction and commercial cleaning, and found a need for much greater emphasis to be placed on prevention measures in UK law, policy and practice.  This research has influenced key policy documents such as the Migration Advisory Committee report on Migrants in Low Skilled Work.

Our EU wide research is focussing on specific sectors, domestic work, commercial cleaning, construction and agriculture. Through this work we are seeking to understand the drivers of exploitation in these four labour sectors.