The Transnational Investigation of Organised Modern Slavery: A Critical Review of the use of Joint Investigation Teams to Investigate and Disrupt Transnational Modern Slavery in the United Kingdom


  • Richard Severns Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Collegiate Crescent Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S10 2BP, UK
  • Craig Paterson Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Collegiate Crescent Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S10 2BP, UK
  • Souadou Brogan Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Collegiate Crescent Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S10 2BP, UK



Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, Joint Investigation Teams, Transnational Investigation, Global Policing.


In 2015 the United Kingdom (UK) introduced the Modern Slavery Act to help improve the response to the threat posed by the trafficking of human beings both within the UK and across its borders. Herewith, this paper presents a rapid evidence assessment of the development of joint investigation teams and their role in human trafficking investigations from a UK perspective. There is little publicly available information about the role of joint investigation teams and this paper addresses that knowledge gap by analysing existing policy-oriented data and situating the findings within the context of other international responses to human trafficking.


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