Hong Bui, University of Bath will discuss her research.
Employing a systems perspective on tensions and informed by modern slavery theory, this study's design involves methodological and data triangulation. It investigates a wicked issue of modern slavery in the Vietnamese immigrant nail-beauty community in the UK from multiple actors. The data were collected from nail bar owners, immigrant workers, social workers, court interpreters, and other social media sources. The blending strategies of zooming in and zooming out allow a better understanding of various stakeholders' views and see the interconnectedness among those stakeholders. The rich data and multiple qualitative methods reveal patterns of exploitations among immigrants, business owners, and government systems under the name of modern slavery. The findings challenge the current body of modern slavery research when showing that the issue is more complicated than what has been understood. The tensions of the government's tackling modern slavery when linking it to immigration management open door for developing systems counterintuitive behaviours to explain the wicked issue of modern slavery.