Dr Lorena Arocha

Lecturer in Contemporary Slavery (Criminology)


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Lorena Arocha has been working on questions of policy and practice related to modern slavery, human trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

Her research experience includes working for the UK's Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group, evaluating the implementation of policy and practice on child sexual exploitation in the UK, examining the roles of organisations and understandings of victimhood in anti-trafficking work in South Asia, exploring the challenges of victim support in the EU, and capturing life narratives after experiences of exploitation.

Lorena also has extensive teaching and learning experience in areas of sociology and criminology.



Research Interests

  • People trafficking and implications for policy and practice

  • ‘New’ and ‘old’ forms of exploitation and slavery, including bonded labour in South Asia

  • 'Worst forms' of child labour

  • Human rights and social justice

  • Global crime

  • Migration and development

  • Gender and sexuality

  • Research methods


Arocha L, Anti-Trafficking Policy and the Politics of Victimisation, Palgrave Macmillan (2020, forthcoming)

Arocha L, ‘Intersections in 'Trafficking' and ‘Child Sexual Exploitation’ Policy’, in Melrose M and Pearce J (ed), Critical Perspectives on Child Sexual Exploitation, Palgrave Macmillan (2013)

Arocha L, 'What are the key components of a successful awareness raising and prevention campaign to combat cross border trafficking of young people up to 25 years old?', Report to Comic Relief UK and International Funding teams with an emphasis on Eastern Europe, Western and Southern Africa and South and South-East Asia (2012)

Jago S, with Arocha L, Brodie I, Melrose M, Pearce J, Warrington C, 'What’s going on to safeguard children and young people from sexual exploitation', University of Bedfordshire, Luton (2011)

Arocha L, ‘Theoretical Perspectives on Understanding Slavery: Past and Present Challenges’, in Wyle G and McRedmond P (eds), Human Trafficking in Europe: Character, Causes and Consequences, pp 30-40, Palgrave MacMillan (2010)



Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Communication Skills

  • Analysing Social Data

Research PhDs

Lorena welcomes applications on areas related to all aspects of policy and practice on modern forms of slavery and related practices.

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Associate Fellowship

Professional highlights


Academic qualifications

  • PhD Social Sciences, A Study of Contemporary Forms of Slavery, funded by University Scholarship, University of Surrey (2008)

  • MSc Social Sciences, Warwick University (2001)

  • BA Social Sciences, University of the West of England (1997)