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Implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Published Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Backbench Business debate on Implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is scheduled for Thursday 26 October 2017. This will be a general debate, to be held in the Commons Chamber. The subject of the debate was nominated by the Backbench Business Committee. The debate will be opened by Vernon Coaker MP.

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The Government has described modern slavery as a “brutal form of organised crime in which people are treated as commodities and exploited for criminal gain”, which “takes a number of forms, including sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude”. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received royal assent on 26 March 2015. Since the Act, the Government commissioned an independent review of the Act a year after it came into force and set up a Modern Slavery Taskforce. A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services in October 2017 expressed concerns about law enforcement investigations of potential victims.

Further information

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Recent Developments, Commons Library Briefing Paper 7656, 25 October 2017

Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0199

Authors: Jack Dent; Philip Abraham; Diana Perks

Topics: Crime, Human rights

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