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Tackling modern-day slavery

Published Friday, September 14, 2018

A Westminster Hall debate on Tackling modern-day slavery is scheduled for Tuesday 9 October 2018 at 6.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Gareth Snell MP.

The Library will produce a briefing or material for the debate and this page will be updated when it is made available. You can be notified when this takes place by emailing papers@parliament.uk.

Further information

Modern Slavery Act 2015: recent developments, Commons Library Briefing Paper CBP-7656, 25 October 2017

Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Written Ministerial Statement 935 of 5 September 2018: 

Victoria Atkins (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability):

On 30 July, the Home Office announced plans to launch an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The review is being led by the rt hon. Frank Field MP, the rt hon. Maria Miller MP and the rt hon. Baroness Butler-Sloss.

The introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the first legislation of its kind in the world, has helped to transform the UK’s response to modern slavery. More victims are being identified and supported; more offenders are being prosecuted; and thousands of companies have published statements setting out the steps they have taken to tackle modern slavery in their supply chains. The UK is determined to lead global efforts to tackle this barbaric crime and as the methods used by criminals to exploit vulnerable people evolve, and our understanding of this crime evolves, it is important to consider our legislative approach.

The aim of the Review is to understand and report on how the 2015 Act is operating in practice, how effective it is, and whether the legal framework for tackling modern slavery is fit for purpose now and in the future. In doing so, the Review will need to take into account any significant economic, social and technological changes since the 2015 act was passed.

The following provisions of the Act will be considered in the Review:

  • section 3 on the meaning of exploitation
  • sections 8-10 on reparation orders
  • sections 40 to 44 on the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • section 45 on the statutory defence
  • section 48 on independent child trafficking advocates
  • section 54 on transparency in supply chains

The Review will gather evidence and seek views from relevant stakeholders across a range of sectors and interest groups. The findings and recommendations of the Review will represent the views of the reviewers, who will be supported by a secretariat seconded from the Home Office.

The Review will aim to report to the Home Secretary before the end of March 2019. Following approval, the Home Secretary will lay the report in Parliament.

A copy of the Review’s terms of reference will be placed in the House Library and are available on www.gov.uk.

Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0206

Authors: Joanna Dawson; Sarah Pepin

Topics: Crime, Human rights

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