Featured Journal Content – Slavery/Public Health
Volume 180 Pages 1-196 (March 2020)
Research article Abstract only
Modern slavery and public health: a rapid evidence assessment and an emergent public health approach
E. Such, C. Laurent, R. Jaipaul, S. Salway
:: Modern slavery as a public health issue is at an early stage of development.
:: There is a strong ethical case for public health engagement.
:: A public health approach includes upstream prevention measures as well as victim-centred services.
: A holistic framework includes global-, national-, local- and service-level interventions.
Modern slavery is a human rights violation and a global public health concern. To date, criminal justice approaches have dominated attempts to address it. Modern slavery has severe consequences for people’s mental and physical health, and there is a pressing need to identify and implement effective preventative measures. As such, a public health approach to modern slavery requires elucidation. The objectives of this study were to explore the case for public health involvement in addressing modern slavery and the components of a public health approach and to develop a globally relevant framework for public health action.