The British government’s “disturbing” failure to identify exploitation has resulted in the illegal imprisonment of female victims of human trafficking, a new report shows.
A new research by the Prison Reform Trust shows that British police are routinely jailing foreign women who have committed felonies as a result of exploitation and coercion by traffickers in breach of Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The report blamed the problem on the government’s “overarching” anti-immigration policy of deporting foreign national offenders as quickly as possible, a strategy that officials say is intended to create a hostile environment for illegal immigrants.
The report studied 585 foreign national female prisoners between February 2013 and March 2017 and found that 45 of them were victims or potential victims of trafficking, which means at least one in 12 non-British inmates are affected by this issue.
The women were accused of cannabis production,…