Safeguarding international students against the risk of exploitation

As Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, I am writing in connection with my statutory responsibility to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of modern slavery offences and the identification of victims. I am aware of media coverage concerning the fraudulent use of Tier 4 student visas and potential links to exploitation. Particular concerns have been raised around students from Vietnam. This was raised with me by the Prime Minister’s Office before the Covid-19 crisis which I appreciate will have severely disrupted the attendance of children from overseas in British schools. However, at some point the recruitment of overseas children will resume and I still thought it important to reach out directly to the independent schools sector.

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