PhD Candidate


University of Hull




Wilberforce Institute of Slavery and Emancipation; Hull University Law School; Socio-Legal Studies Association



Other links  C.J.Wilson@2015.hull.ac.uk

Personal Bio

0800EAC1DB114C54B0638F7F93460800Chloe is a 3rd year PhD candidate with the Law School and WISE. She was awarded the ‘Human Trafficking and Restorative Justice’ Scholarship in 2015, supervised by Prof. Gerry Johnstone and Dr. Simon Green. Currently nearing the end of her PhD journey, the end is in sight with a planned submission date of November 2018!

Chloe graduated from The University of Hull in 2014 with a First-Class Honours degree in BA Criminology with Law. Her final dissertation focused on ‘Exploring the issues surrounding human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children in Great Britain.’

During Chloe’s time in education and research she has also contributed to many practical projects. This includes spending over five years volunteering as a Special Constable with Humberside Police, being heavily involved in a numerous initiatives, arrests and raids. Chloe also worked at two law firms in Hull and York, in criminal law, family law and medical negligence. Currently, Chloe endeavours to continue her move in to the academic setting, she spends a great deal of time teaching modules at the University of Hull, within the Law and Criminology Departments. As well as teaching Law to A-Level students at a Local College.

Research Profile

Human trafficking creates victims who are likely to require physical or psychological help. There are systems in place to offer victims support within England, however the concern of this thesis is that some victims ‘slip through the net’, they may go unidentified or unsupported in the period after being identified by first responder agencies. So, what is happening to the victims of human trafficking in practice, as opposed to in theory?

This project uses primary data collection methods to find out exactly what happens during identification and referral, for the purposes of improving support for the victims. Participant responses help to identify strengths and weaknesses of the system, as well as the application of policy. This also indicates if there is a lack of knowledge surrounding identification and treatment of victims, plus any inadequacy in communication between organisations.