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The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group

The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG) was established in May 2009 to coincide with the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings in the UK. Together the Group monitors the British Government’s implementation of the Convention and the EU Trafficking Directive (2011/36/EU) and examines all types of trafficking, including internal trafficking and the trafficking of British nationals.

The Group operates according to a human rights based approach to protect the well-being and best interests of trafficked persons. The Group comprises twelve leading UK-based anti-trafficking organisations: AFRUCA, Amnesty International UK, Anti-Slavery International, Bawso, ECPAT UK, Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), Helen Bamber Foundation, Kalayaan, Law Centre (NI), POPPY project, the TARA service and UNICEF UK. We also work closely with the Human Trafficking Foundation.

The Group has published several reports and briefing papers on human trafficking in the UK, focusing on the three ‘Ps’; prevention, protection and prosecution. The research findings and resulting recommendations form the basis of the coalition’s advocacy for the improvement of the UK's response to trafficking. Follow the link below to access these reports.

Since the Modern Slavery Act was introduced in draft form in 2013, the ATMG has also played a big part in advocating to improve it. At the news of its introduction the ATMG created an ‘Alternative’ Modern Slavery Act to assist parliamentarians in the Bill’s scrutiny. The coalition then worked with MPs and members of the House of Lords to draft amendments to existing provisions and table new ones at each stage of the parliamentary process. All of the briefings on the Modern Slavery Act can be found through the below link.


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