24-25 February 2021


Investigating Human

Trafficking and Modern Slavery Online Conference

• New for 2021: Investigating Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery virtual CPD conference 24 - 25 February 2021


• Virtual event on Teams 

• Dame Sara Thornton and Chief Constable Simon Bailey to headline virtual event


UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton and Chief Constable Simon Bailey, national lead for the NCA/NPCC Tackling Organised Exploitation (TOEX) project to directly address investigators at our exclusive online event.


Leading Barrister Ben-Douglas Jones, QC, who represents Shamima Begun, the so-called ISIS bride and Ilana de Wild, Director of Organised and Emerging Crime for Interpol will also provide exclusive operational updates.


A prestigious line-up of practitioners will provide best practice around the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of human trafficking and modern slavery offences and the identification of victims.


The headline sponsor for the event is JTOL, partnering with the TellFinder Alliance, a global network of law enforcement, technology, research, and non-profit partners advancing technology to combat human trafficking. 


Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: a priority for all investigators

The Investigator is delighted to invite you to our two-day virtual conference to explore latest thinking around the investigation of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.


Aimed at all investigators, our conference will provide a vital forum for debate and networking to help broaden and deepen your understanding of this complex and challenging area.


Every day across the world, people are falling victim to human trafficking and modern slavery, causing harm to individuals, destabilising communities, and fuelling serious and organised crime.


These offences are often difficult to detect and investigate as they are multi-faceted and complex, involving multiple suspects, victims and offenders from different countries and jurisdictions.

There is often a fine line between a person’s status as a victim and an offender which can be complex and challenging for investigators, especially when child victims are involved.​

Our expert line-up also includes:

Ben Douglas-Jones, QC: Investigating Victims of Trafficking and Slavery who Commit offences. He has co-written the 2019 CPS Guidance on charging and prosecuting victims of Human Trafficking, the Law Society Guidance on defending people who might be victims and the Judicial College Guidance on trying defendants who might be victims.

Ilana de Wild, Director of Organised and Emerging Crime for Interpol: The international effort to prosecute offenders and protect victims

Det Supt Mark Dale, Senior Investigating Officer, West Midlands Police and police advisor to the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner: Operation Fort, the UK’s biggest ever Modern Slavery Investigation

Deborah Hurst, Modern Slavery Co-ordination Unit, Serious Crime Division, Greater Manchester Police Debbie Hurst: How a dedicated modern slavery co-ordination unit is successfully investigating and preventing modern slavery offences in the UK

Jude Ward, Intelligence Analyst, Central Intelligence Bureau, Cambridgeshire Constabulary: Operation Yeti: how analysis techniques supported the successful investigation of a Lithuanian Human Trafficking Ring

DS Peter Eddy, Met Police Sensitive Intelligence Units, Operation Huai: Using AI machine translation tools to process chat data in a human trafficking investigation

Sarah Macdonald-Amos Modern Day Slavery Human Trafficking Intelligence Officer Lancashire Constabulary: Operation Brixton: demonstration of how TellFinder can assist live sexual exploitation operations and help identify victims

Dr Craig Barlow Independent Forensic Social Work Consultant and Criminologist: A detailed looked at Section 45 defences of the Modern Slavery Act and advice to investigators about how it can be applied

Phil Spencer, Training and Practice Officer, ECPAT UK, a leading children’s rights organisation working to protect children from trafficking and exploitation: The National Referral Mechanism and the safeguarding of child victims, current issues, challenges, and best practice

Caroline Haughey, QC, leading international Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery barrister: A lawyer’s approach to successful international modern slavery investigations and protections

Emily Wyatt, Director of Counter Human Trafficking Initiatives, TellFinder Alliance: The latest on how law enforcement, technology, and research is adapting emerging capabilities in AI, visual analytics, and deep web data for counter-human trafficking applications.

Topics for discussion

Our conference will address these sensitive issues and provide vital guidance and best practice around the following:

    · The legal definition of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
    · Current national and international threat landscape, types of offending and offenders
    · Detecting and preventing crimes. Who is deemed to be at risk as a victim?
    · Advice on proactive investigations and prosecutions
    · Investigating victims who commit offences
    · How ancillary and civil orders can be used to reclaim money and assets
    · Effective use of current legislation
    · Identifying victims at early stage, the role of the National Referral Mechanism and the importance of safeguarding and a victim-centred approached.
    · Dealing with child victims
    · Effective multi-agency working
    · Current research
    · Digital strategy

    · Latest software to support investigations

Who Should Attend?

The event is aimed at operational investigators of al ranks and roles from forces, ROCUs, specialist teams as well as other law enforcement organisations who want to broaden their knowledge and understanding of this complex area and carry out effective investigations.


Cost: £299.75 + VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA and Government Agency rate). Industry rate: £449.99 + VAT (GBP)

Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order to info@the-investigator.co.uk or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information.  If you require 5 or more delegates from the same organisation please contact us for a group discount quote. Industry delegates will be assessed on a case by case basis due to the nature of the content. Under no circumstances will a delegate be able to register using a free webmail address (ie: gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, AOL etc).

Payment can be made by PayPal/debit/credit card (corporate card fees apply + 3%). 

The meeting link will be sent out 2 days before the event.

Important disclaimer

Please note, we respectfully ask that only delegates who have paid for a place are permitted to attend our virtual conference. If you would like to attend as a group of more than 5 delegates from the same force/organisation then please contact us for group rates.

Please refer to the College of Police Code of Ethics 2014 for guidance. Please see page 11 section 7, which states: ‘I will treat information with respect, and access or disclose it only in the proper course of my duties’

Joining the event: All delegates are required to login with the name that is assigned to their email address, anyone that logs in as a guest, anonymous or a name not on the registration list will be removed from the conference. LEA/Government delegates can supply an alternative email address after their work email address has been verified if they are working from home and using their own electronic devices.

Our sponsor


JTOL Limited is a UK company that partners with approved suppliers of bespoke hardware and software solutions that enhance capabilities and workflows within Law Enforcement and MOD. We offer a suite of software tools which enable the live monitoring and post analysis of geospatial and opensource data and hardware for covert listening. With over 20 years' experience in intelligence policing JTOL offers sales, support and training to accompany the capabilities for the monitoring, capture, analysis and reporting of key defined data sets or mass data (billions of records) which aid the investigators and analysts to make quicker and smarter choices.

Visit the JTOL website HERE


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