Modern slavery and public health

Our Public Health and Inequalities Theme have contributed to a briefing on Modern slavery and public health

Modern slavery is a human rights violation and has severe consequences for the health and wellbeing of survivors. It is an exploitative crime that impacts on physical and mental health and has public health implications.

The role of public health in addressing modern slavery has not been fully articulated in the UK. This project addressed this gap by asking the following questions.

  1. What is the case for public health engagement in addressing modern slavery?
  2. What are the components of a ‘public health approach’ to modern slavery?
  3. What are the gaps in understanding, approach and practical action in public health on the issue of modern slavery?