Past eventResearch Event

Human Trafficking Between China and the UK

14 October 2009 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Speaker: Dr Jackie Sheehan, Associate Professor, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, Nottingham University
Chair: Dr Kerry Brown, Senior Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House



Human trafficking is now the second most profitable line of business for transnational organized crime after drug smuggling, and has been recognized by both the Chinese and UK governments as a serious problem against which present prevention efforts do not seem to be very effective.

The speaker will examine the extent of human trafficking (as distinct from people-smuggling) between China and the UK and how the business operates, drawing on the accounts of victims exploited by traffickers in the sex industry or in other forms of coerced labour, and will also discuss the treatment of those victims of trafficking who have subsequently found their way into the UK's asylum system.

This event is being held in association with China Policy Institute, Nottingham.