Theresa May Pledges £33m and New Government Taskforce To Combat 'Evil' Modern Slavery

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Message from Theresa May, Prime Minister 

"A year ago the Modern Slavery Act that I brought forward as Home Secretary came into force. The first legislation of its kind in Europe, this Act has delivered tough new penalties to put slave masters behind bars where they belong, with life sentences for the worst offenders... It has delivered enhanced protection and support for victims and a world-leading transparency requirement on businesses to show that modern slavery is not taking place in their companies or their supply chains...

But we must not stop there. Just because we have some legislation does not mean the problem is solved. So as Prime Minister, I am setting up the first ever government task force on modern slavery... 289 modern slavery offences [were] prosecuted in 2015 alone and a 40 per cent rise in the number of victims identified... As part of this we will be using over £33 million from our aid budget to create a five-year International Modern Slavery Fund focused on high-risk countries, where we know victims are regularly trafficked to the UK.

Most recent estimates suggest there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims in the UK alone and over 45 million across the world. From nail bars and car washes to sheds and rundown caravans, people are enduring experiences that are simply horrifying in their inhumanity. Vulnerable people who have travelled long distances believing they were heading for legitimate jobs are finding they have been duped, forced into hard labour, and then locked up and abused."  

 

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