Today around 20 British families remain detained in North East Syria (NES). Investigations by the NGO Reprieve suggest that the majority of British women currently detained are victims of trafficking, based on evidence that these women were all subjected to sexual and other forms of exploitation, and were either transported to Syria as children; coerced into travelling to Syria; or kept and moved within Syria against their will. Some of these women were as young as 12 when they were trafficked.

Examining the UK Government’s response to trafficking operations by ISIS and its ongoing treatment of potential British victims of trafficking currently detained in North East Syria.
28 October 2021, London On Monday, at the second evidence session of an inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficked Britons in Syria, Former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord (Ken) Macdonald described the Government’s treatment of British nationals in NES as “a coward’s form of Guantánamo”, adding that the Government’s policy appears to be “let someone else run your Guantánamo and then […]
14th July 2021, London Yesterday, at the first evidence session of an inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficked Britons in Syria, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Siobhán Mullally, stated that countries including the UK have a legal obligation to repatriate their citizens who have been trafficked by criminal and terrorist gangs.  Mullally suggested that failing to bring back victims […]
(London, 28 April 2021) A cross-party group of MPs and peers has today announced that it will begin an inquiry into the trafficking of British nationals by Daesh, and will seek the repatriation of trafficking victims currently held in detention camps in North East Syria. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficked Britons in Syria […]