Oxford Brookes Business School

Dr Maureen Brookes invited panellist for Hidden Harm

Thursday, 19 October 2017


Wednesday, October 18th was the 7th annual Anti-Slavery Day in the UK. Modern slavery is one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world today. The UK is no exception!

The UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner recently announced that there has been a 159% increase in the number of modern slavery cases recorded by the police this year. In the Thames Valley area alone, three modern slavery crimes are recorded every week. Many more go unreported.

As part of its Hidden Harm campaign, the Thames Valley Police held a ‘Cover it Live’ session on modern slavery and the role of businesses in spotting and reporting modern slavery crimes. The panellists answered questions on the legal obligations of businesses in accordance with the UK’s Modern Slavery Act (2015) and how to spot the signs. The Combat Trafficking in Human Beings Toolkit was highlighted as an excellent resource to help hospitality and tourism businesses protect themselves from modern slavery crimes.