Are trafficking victims finally being heard?

Like many human rights and refugee aid lawyers, we at Shawstone have first-hand witnessed the impact trafficking experiences can have on asylum seekers in the UK. This is not helped by the fact that many victims are left waiting for months, if not years, before they are issued with the support they are legally required. The effect this delay has on already vulnerable client is detrimental; not only does it encourage significant mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depressive orders, but also subjects victims to the ‘hostile environment underpinned by the Immigration Act 2014’. 

In a landmark case, the high courts have now finally recognised that victims of trafficking are currently in a ‘legal limbo’ and should be granted leave to remain in the UK. This is nothing short than a legal victory for trafficking victims, who prior to this ruling would wait years in drawn-out court processes while being barred from benefits and employment opportunities. 

In summary, the High Court’s now aim to:

  • Allow trafficking victims to work, study and claim benefits 
  • Place upon a duty to give confirmed victims access to different forms of support 
  • Save thousands from deportation to home countries where they will most likely face discrimination, harassment, and even the risk of being trafficked again 
  • Take accountability for the mental trauma and stress that delays cause upon victims of trafficking as they await decisions 

While this has not been set in stone, it is a step towards justice. Towards recognising the plight of victims who fear return to their home countries based on the fear of being re-trafficked, as well as the many future asylum seekers who will have access to education, training, and the right to work. Granting trafficking victims leave to remain would provide them with meaningful recovery and security of status. The ability to seek employment and education enhances integration into British society, as well as building confidence and stability which is fundamental to vulnerable trafficking victims.

If you feel like you are a victim of trafficking or are unsure about the current stance towards trafficking victims, our expert team of immigration and asylum solicitors in London can provide fast, friendly, and reliable advice. Reach out to us on 020 538 0114 or email for more enquiries, 


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