Amanda Read

Amanda Read

  • National Operational lead, Safeguarding & Modern Slavery
  • UK Border Force

Amanda Read is the Border Force National Operational lead for Safeguarding and Modern Slavery. She heads up a network of over 500 specialist officers across near and far UK borders and ensures that these experts and the wider cadre of frontline staff are equipped to protect the vulnerable and prevent those perpetrators who may seek to exploit them. Providing vulnerability expertise, she leads on ‘Prevent and Protect’ intensifications and partnership collaboration. She has over 30 years operational experience working at ports across the UK, within the Immigration detention estate and on postings overseas. She received a Member of the British Empire in 2013 for her services to keeping children safe and in 2019 was awarded a World Class Policing award for Operation Limelight, a multi-agency safeguarding operation at the border to prevent harmful practices.


  • Managing Migration (organised crime as cover for migrant smuggling and THB)

    It is well established that organised crime groups are able to adapt and evolve to use any weakness or vulnerability at our borders as a cover for nefarious activities. The migration crises we are experiencing on the southern borders of the US and EU offer prime opportunities for criminal activities, including smuggling migrants for money, which is generally a voluntary transaction but leaves migrants dangerously exposed to death, injury and abuse, and THB, which is the forced trafficking of persons. Regions of Asia are also experiencing unprecedented levels of THB, often for the vice trade. What are the latest challenges with migrant smuggling and THB, how do these two crimes differ in terms of methodology and how does can the international community combat cross-border crimes or irregular migration?