The increasing prevalence of human trafficking and modern slavery is a cause for concern throughout the UK.

With many victims being exploited by way of forced criminality, criminal justice professionals should be aware of the need to recognise victims of human trafficking in the context of all areas of criminal law.

This free seminar is intended to alert defending and prosecuting solicitors/barristers to the relevant law, CPS and Law Society guidance, how to recognise when your client may be a victim of trafficking and how to respond to such cases. 

This event will cover the following topics:

  • introduction into human trafficking and modern slavery law
  • developments regarding the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • an update on CPS guidance
  • the legal framework; non prosecution and statutory defence under the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • identification of victims of human trafficking
  • how to represent victims of modern slavery, apply the law, and raise an abuse of process argument and statutory defence
  • domestic and international obligations
  • how our National Referral Mechanism works and how to refer and challenge a decision
  • common types of forced criminality - modus operandi
  • best practice and safeguarding
  • victims of human trafficking as witnesses and defendants
  • appealing convictions