Ruth Van Dyke is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at London South Bank University. She has been undertaking research on human trafficking and modern slavery since 2009. Initial research was undertaken on behalf of Capital Humano y Social Alternativo, an NGO working on human trafficking in Lima Peru.
This research entailed investigating the trafficking of people from the Andean community to Europe. The findings were included in The Prelude to Human Trafficking: Vulnerable spaces for Andean migrants in the European Union. Further research on the trafficking of Andeans and police responses to human trafficking in the UK and Europe were disseminated in keynote speeches in Lima, Peru in 2011. Since 2013 Ruth’s research has focused on investigating the competencies necessary for police to tackle human trafficking, the police response to modern slavery and partnership working.
The findings from this research have been disseminated in reports to the Metropolitan Police Service, training for police officers, conference papers and journal articles. She is a member of the Expert Reference Group for the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary’s 2016-17 inspection of police force responses to modern slavery.