The Criminalisation and Imprisonment of Migrant Victims of Trafficking

21 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2017 Last revised: 8 Oct 2018

Date Written: December 5, 2017


English Abstract: This paper outlines the key elements – objectives, investigative methods, key findings, and resulting policy and practice implications – of the research conducted by Hales and Gelsthorpe (2012) between 2010 and 2011 at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge. It then goes on to document developments in the UK since the publication of their findings, and to identify conclusions that we can draw from these findings that are relevant to meeting the challenges of combating human trafficking.

Spanish Abstract: Este artículo traza los elementos claves -objetivos, métodos de investigación, hallazgos principales e implicaciones resultantes sobre políticas y prácticas- de la investigación Criminalisation of Migrant Women (criminalización de mujeres migrantes) que realizaron Hales y Gelsthorpe (2012) entre 2010 y 2011 en el Instituto de Criminología de la Universidad de Cambridge. Después, documenta los avances en el Reino Unido desde la publicación de los hallazgos, y las conclusiones que podemos extraer de aquellos en términos de superación de los desafíos que plantea la lucha contra la trata de personas.

Keywords: Prison, women, UKHTC, Criminal Justice System, Cárcel, mujeres, Centro de Lucha contra la Trata del Reino Unido, sistema de justicia penal

Suggested Citation

Hales, Liz, The Criminalisation and Imprisonment of Migrant Victims of Trafficking (December 5, 2017). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2018. Available at SSRN:

Liz Hales (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

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