Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2018

Alexandra Williams-Woods

Alexandra Williams-Woods is a PhD Candidate at the University of Liverpool. The title of her thesis is “Human Trafficking: Abolition and Agenda. The Role of Ideas in the Development of the Anti-Trafficking Movement, the Development of Policy and the Experience of Victims”. Alexandra’s research interests are gender, migration and human rights and the international and domestic policies connected to these areas.

Yvonne Mellon

Yvonne is a PhD researcher and Graduate Teaching Assistant within the Liverpool Law School. Yvonne’s is in the final stages of completing her PhD entitled “The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Exploring Modern Slavery and its effect on Legislative Responses to Slavery and Human Trafficking’. Yvonne’s research interest centres on the concepts of ‘modern slavery’ and trafficking, considering how the practices are defined and legal responses are developed in relation to intersecting issues such as immigration, criminal justice and depoliticisation.



Human trafficking is connected to migration as it often involves crossing international borders. This article argues that by failing to view the issue of human trafficking through the lens of migration, the current framework for assisting victims of human trafficking fails to ensure the protection of the individuals concerned. This article offers an innovative perspective by analysing the specific legal position of victims of human trafficking in the context of UK domestic law and international agreements, and tracing this to survivor experiences. The extent to which non-UK national survivors of human trafficking are able to access the rights that they are entitled to in the UK is explored, as well as what factors influence the accessibility of these rights. Utilising an interdisciplinary approach, encompassing scholarship of law and politics, this article links a review of the current legal landscape relating to immigration status for trafficking victims with empirical work exploring the experiences of non-UK national trafficking survivors.