A Misguided Approach to Ending Modern Slavery: An Analysis of the Modern Slavery Act 2015




Bell, Jocelyn

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Parliament designed the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to end modern slavery in the United Kingdom. The goals of the Modern Slavery act were to increase punishments for traffickers, hold businesses responsible for labor abuses, and increase maritime power. The criminal approach the Modern Slavery Act ignores what trafficking victims need to end the cycle and does not require that business be actively trying to end modern slavery. The legislation does not offer a path towards citizenship and pushes the idea of illegal immigration. The Modern Slavery Act does not allow account for the negative impacts of Brexit to immigrants and trafficking victims. The desires and aspiration of the Modern Slavery Act overshadowed by the criminal approach that ignores the human rights issues at the core of modern slavery.



modern slavery, human trafficking, labor trafficking, immigration, United Kingdom, Brexit, human rights, asylum seekers, Honors College


Bell, J. (2018). A misguided approach to ending modern slavery: An analysis of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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