‘Flexibility’, xenophobia and exploitation: modern slavery in the UK

Craig Gary

in Social policy review 22

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427113
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303497 | DOI:
‘Flexibility’, xenophobia and exploitation: modern slavery in the UK

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This chapter provides a comprehensive review of modern slavery in the UK, in the process dispelling the belief that such forms of extreme exploitation no longer exist in the country. It focuses on the two most common forms of modern slavery in the UK: forced labour and human trafficking for sexual purposes. It argues that the biggest driver of forced labour has been increasing deregulation of the labour market, with the UK the second least-protected developed country after the US and with large proportions of agency workers. It provides an important illustration of the transnational nature of many contemporary social problems, and demonstrates that effective responses require international coordination as well as coherence between domestic agencies.

Keywords: slavery; UK; forced labour; human trafficking; deregulation; labour market; US; contemporary social problems

Chapter.  9739 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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