Excitement as new Modern Slavery Act announced

You may have seen the recent announcement by Home Secretary Theresa May that the UK government is to introduce next year a new Modern Slavery Act to toughen existing legislation. A Modern Slavery Commissioner will also be appointed to ensure that the government and law enforcement agencies are tackling the problem holistically.

Unseen’s Chief Executive, Andrew Wallis said: “We are extremely pleased the Home Secretary has taken steps to introduce so many of the recommendations from the Centre for Social Justice’s report published in March. Prosecution of criminals is still incredibly complicated under existing legislation and traffickers have been allowed to get away without proper punishment. The creation of a new Commissioner is crucial in ensuring trafficking stays high on everyone’s agenda.”

Unseen UK asks Theresa May to support the inclusion of measures to promote transparency in supply chains in the new Modern Slavery Act. This will encourage businesses with turnovers over £100 million to disclose what they’re doing to ensure that their product, supply chains and business practices are ‘slave free’.

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