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dc.contributor.authorDando, Coral J.
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Dave
dc.contributor.authorBrierley, Robin
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-31T14:57:09Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-31T14:57:09Zen
dc.date.issued2016-05-05en
dc.identifier.citationDando CJ, Walsh D, Brierley R (2016) Perceptions of Psychological Coercion and Human Trafficking in the West Midlands of England: Beginning to Know the Unknown. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0153263. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153263en
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203en
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0153263en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/611242en
dc.description.abstractModern slavery is less overt than historical state-sanctioned slavery because psychological abuse is typically used to recruit and then control victims. The recent UK Draft Modern Slavery Bill, and current UK government anti-slavery strategy relies heavily on a shared understanding and public cooperation to tackle this crime. Yet, UK research investigating public understanding of modern slavery is elusive. We report community survey data from 682 residents of the Midlands of England, where modern slavery is known to occur, concerning their understanding of nonphysical coercion and human trafficking (one particular form of modern slavery). Analysis of quantitative data and themed categorization of qualitative data revealed a mismatch between theoretical frameworks and understanding of psychological coercion, and misconceptions concerning the nature of human trafficking. Many respondents did not understand psychological coercion, believed that human trafficking did not affect them, and confused trafficking with immigration. The public are one of the most influential interest groups, but only if well informed and motivated towards positive action. Our findings suggest the need for strategically targeted public knowledge exchange concerning this crime.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPublic Library of Scienceen
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0153263en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to PLOS ONEen
dc.subjectModern Slaveryen
dc.subjectHuman traffickingen
dc.subjectLabour exploitationen
dc.subjectPublic perceptionsen
dc.titlePerceptions of psychological coercion and human trafficking in the West Midlands of England: Beginning to know the unknownen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalPLOS ONEen
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-03-25
refterms.dateFOA2019-02-28T14:21:50Z
html.description.abstractModern slavery is less overt than historical state-sanctioned slavery because psychological abuse is typically used to recruit and then control victims. The recent UK Draft Modern Slavery Bill, and current UK government anti-slavery strategy relies heavily on a shared understanding and public cooperation to tackle this crime. Yet, UK research investigating public understanding of modern slavery is elusive. We report community survey data from 682 residents of the Midlands of England, where modern slavery is known to occur, concerning their understanding of nonphysical coercion and human trafficking (one particular form of modern slavery). Analysis of quantitative data and themed categorization of qualitative data revealed a mismatch between theoretical frameworks and understanding of psychological coercion, and misconceptions concerning the nature of human trafficking. Many respondents did not understand psychological coercion, believed that human trafficking did not affect them, and confused trafficking with immigration. The public are one of the most influential interest groups, but only if well informed and motivated towards positive action. Our findings suggest the need for strategically targeted public knowledge exchange concerning this crime.


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