The Modern Savery Act is now Law

On 26th March the Modern Slavery Act became law. It includes important legislation on child trafficking and supply chains. Huge steps have been made in combating modern slavery in Britain.

Big businesses will have to publicly state each year what action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free”.1

Every child victim of trafficking will be assigned an independent ‘advocate’ to help fight for his or her rights. There is also better protection from prosecution for those forced to commit crime in slavery, and a stronger criminal offence of slavery.

The creation of the new independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner role, which will strengthen the UK’s response to modern slavery.

Sadly, migrant domestic workers coming to the UK remain vulnerable to modern slavery as we did not win our campaign to untie their visas from their employers. However, the government has committed to an independent review of this by July this year, which will include looking at the restrictions on domestic workers to change employers.2 W

1 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/big-business-to-be-held-to-account-to-keep-supply-chains-slavery-free
2 http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/briefing-papers/SN04786/calls-to-change-migrant-domestic-worker-visa-conditions

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