Population Health Needs Analysis: Victims of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in the UK

Eleanor C K Henderson


Modern slavery and human trafficking in the United Kingdom presents a series of new challenges for those working within the healthcare sector (Dalphins, 2016). Healthcare professionals have unique access to those involved in modern slavery, with over 88 percent of survivors reporting that they had accessed medical care on numerous occasions throughout their ordeal (Polaris Project, 2016). The variation in victim demographic, the differing forms of exploitation experienced and the traumatic nature of their ordeal can greatly affect the health of modern slavery victims (Adams, 2012). The enormity of the issue must be acknowledged and pre-emptive action taken to overcome barriers to satisfactory health and ultimately end the cycle of exploitation.


Human Trafficking; Modern Slavery; Health

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