UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science


International Crime Science Conference

12th International Crime Science Conference, Wednesday 4th July 2018

This year's International Crime Science Conference will take place on Wednesday 4th July at the British Library in London. The theme of the conference is Trafficking and exploitation: using science and technology to tackle one of the world's greatest crime problems.

Once again, the conference brings together leading practitioners, policy-makers, private sector organisations and academics to promote interaction, inspiration and innovation.

This year's event will focus on identifying, responding and adapting to the challenges posed by human trafficking and modern slavery in their various forms - including labour exploitation, sexual exploitation and forced criminality such as county lines. Breaking down silos between related fields, the event will also highlight important developments in other organised crimes such as drugs trafficking. Presentations will cover organised crime networks, cybercrime, forensic science, NGO responses, evidence-based policing, cutting-edge technological developments and the use of big data.

The conference programme is below. You can also view speaker profiles and talk abstracts by clicking on the links within the programme.


International Crime Science Conference 4th July 2018


08:30 Registration, refreshments and an opportunity to view the student posters

09:00 Welcome (Auditorium)

Professor Richard Wortley, UCL Jill Dando Institute

09:15 Opening plenary (Auditorium)

Chair: Professor Gloria Laycock, UCL Jill Dando Institute
Speakers: Kevin Hyland, OBE, UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and Dr Ella Cockbain, UCL Jill Dando Institute

10:00 Refreshments and student posters

10:30 Parallel sessions

Auditorium: Communication technologies and modern slavery
Chair: Dr Lisa Tompson, UCL Jill Dando Institute 
Recruiting modern day slaves: the internet as a driver for human traffickingDr Ruth McAllister, Ulster University
The power of helpline data: maximising impactJustine Currell, FRSA, Unseen
Technology for community resilienceSarah Brown, Stop the Traffik


Brontë Room: At the intersection of licit and illicit work
Chair: Dr Helen Brayley-Morris, Home Office 
Policing exploitation: the numbers and the challengesSian Bevan, Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit
Hand car washes, informalization and labour exploitationProfessor Ian Clark, Nottingham Business School (NTU)
Analysing the 'wok agreement' for Chinese restaurants: how labour traffickers make use of Dutch immigration policiesDr Masja van Meeteren, Leiden University


Eliot Room: Forensic reconstructions: research and practice synergy
Chair: Professor Ruth Morgan, UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences 
Vacuum-packed forensicsProfessor Angela Gallop, CBE, Forensic Access Ltd
DNA transfer: aspects relevant to forensic investigationsDr Roland Van Oorschot, Principal RD&I Specialist, Forensic Services Department, Victoria Police



11:35 Parallel sessions

Auditorium: New perspectives on trafficking for sex and enforced marriage
Chair: Dr Jyoti Belur, UCL Jill Dando Institute 


Trafficking of Myanmar women for forced marriage in China

Professor Geping (Joy) Qiu, China Eastern University of Political Science and Law
Female perpetrators of sex traffickingDr Miriam Wijkman and Professor Edward Kleemans, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Searching for sex trafficking victims: using a novel link-tracing method among commercial sex-workers in Muzzafarpur, IndiaDr Kyle Vincent, independent consultant
Internet as an enabler: sexual exploitation and adult services websitesRoy McComb, Deputy Director, National Crime Agency
Brontë Room: Community and partnership approaches to tackling trafficking and exploitation
Chair: Dr Amy Thornton, UCL Jill Dando Institute 
Predicting harm: the future of safeguardingFiona Bohan and Simon Holmes, Safeguarding Analytics Ltd
How can Community Safety Partnerships tackle modern slavery and exploitation?Gary Tallett and Beth Flower, Slough Borough Council
Heading back to harm: trafficked and unaccompanied minors going missing from care in the UKJane Hunter, Missing People
Modern slavery and healthLouise Cahill, NHS Modern Slavery Service Improvement Projects


Eliot Room: Inside criminal networks
Chair: Patricio Estevez Soto, UCL Jill Dando Institute 
Trust, triads and brokerage: on the formation and evolution of illicit networksProfessor David Bright, Flinders University
Illicit trafficking of cigarettes, pharmaceuticals and alcohol in ItalyAurora Ganz, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Investigating transnational organised crime through social network analysisDr Sanaz Zolghadriha, UCL Jill Dando Institute

12:50 Lunch and student posters

13:45 Afternoon plenary (Auditorium)

Chair: Professor Kate Bowers, UCL Jill Dando Institute
Speakers: Sir Bernard Silverman, Professor of Modern Slavery Statistics, Nottingham University and Professor Aili Malm, California State University

14:35 Parallel sessions

Auditorium: Policing vulnerable communities
Chair: Professor Ben Bradford, UCL Jill Dando Institute 
Vulnerability: situational, societal and personalDanielle Willams, Joint Slavery and Trafficking Analysis Centre, Devon and Cornwall Police
Policing vulnerable communitiesDI Matt Woodhead, Regional Organised Crime Unit for the West Midlands
The role of anti-immigrant sentiment in support for human trafficking policiesIeke de Vries, Northeastern University (Boston)
Brontë Room: Building resilient businesses
Chair: Darryl Dixon, The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority 
Building resilient businesses: boardroom perspectives on managing riskDr Jamie Saunders, UCL Jill Dando Institute
Labour exploitation in the UK's hand car wash industryDr Akilah Jardine, The Rights Lab, University of Nottingham
Labour exploitation and trafficking as corporate crime: supply chain activities in food production and cleaning servicesDr Natalia Ollus, European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control and Dr Jon Davies, University of Manchester
Eliot Room: New developments in detection technologies
Chair: Professor Shane Johnson, UCL Jill Dando Institute 
Security sensing using Passive WiFi TechnologyDr Kevin Chetty, UCL Jill Dando Institute
Deep Learning for X-ray screeningDr Lewis Griffin, UCL Computer Science
Sensors and detectionProfessor Robert Speller, UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

15:35 Refreshments and student posters

16:00 Panel discussion (Auditorium):

Are we losing the technology battle against trafficking and exploitation?


Chair: Professor Jerry Ratcliffe, Temple University
Panelists: Justine Currell, FRSA, Unseen, Professor Edward Kleemans, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Jaya Chakrabarti, MBE, TISCreport.org, Roy McComb, Deputy Director, National Crime Agency, and Eric Anderson, Head of Modern Slavery Programme & Senior Consultant - Human Rights, Corporate Affairs at BT

17:00 Drinks and networking

Getting to the conference

The British Library is well-placed in central London, situated in between Kings Cross St Pancras International and Euston stations. The conference venue is on the right-hand side before the main entrance. There will be a secure cloakroom available at the event.