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April 19 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST
Women in Modern Slavery Offending
“This public lecture will be held on the University of Hull campus in the Wilberforce building Lecture Theatre 12. Please email [email protected] if you would like to attend in person, or register online if you would like to attend online.
At a global scale, women are represented in human trafficking and modern slavery crimes at proportionately higher levels that almost any other type of offending (UNODC, 2020) and this trend is represented in similar ways at national and local levels. But contrary to the stereotypical narratives surrounding perpetrators of such crimes as foreign national organised criminals, many of the women that become implicated have more complex journeys into offending that require a more diverse understanding. These female perpetrators often have backgrounds of complex vulnerability, marginalisation and responsibility to care for dependent relatives which contribute to their offending as well as framing prior victimisation which also provides the foundation for later criminal involvement. This presentation will draw on over a decade of empirical research to consider the question of how the over-representation of women convicted for these offences can be explained, drawing on theoretical frameworks on women’s offending more generally as well as a more specific focus on how policy and practice responses to human trafficking, modern slavery and migration may contribute to these pathways.”