exploitation, The Independent can reveal. Foreign national women who have committed offences as a result of coercion by traffickers are routinely jailed in breach of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, according to research by the Prison Reform Trust. The problem has been driven by an “overarching” aim of government policy in
Female victims of human trafficking are being routinely held in prison in breach of the law because of a “disturbing” government failure to identify
recent years to deport foreign national offenders as quickly as possible, with the stated intention to create a hostile environment for illegal immi-grants, the report finds. Of
the 585 foreign women prisoners studied, 45 were identified as victims of trafficking, suggesting one in 12 of the inmates are affected.