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Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: New Clause 25 (14 October 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...for penalties against those carrying out slavery in our own country; it had to extend well beyond that. Any of us who worked with Anthony Steen in the previous Parliament—he has since set up the Human Trafficking Foundation—knew that this was the case. The second person I would like to thank is my hon. Friend the Member for Slough—I hope she is not too embarrassed. My...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: New Clause 23 - Enabling provision to enable the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to tackle modern day slavery (14 October 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...speech by my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn. He quoted from many good sources that we have very much come to know in the past five or six years from working in the field of anti-slavery and human trafficking. Geraldine Smith, the then Member of Parliament, helped by my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Jim Sheridan), brought forward the Gangmasters...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 39 - Defence of slavery or trafficking victims compelled to commit an offence (11 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...from prosecution or punishment for criminal offences (including amongst others those relating to immigration, prostitution and drugs) that they have been compelled to commit as a direct consequence of being subject to trafficking or other forms of modern slavery.” It is interesting that a Government who accept the importance of the Children’s Commissioner and of her good work...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 37 (11 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ..., Tam Baillie. Is there practice that the Minister might exhibit to the Committee, that is already being looked at, which works in that area and might be a form that would work across the wider scale of human trafficking? I am sure there must be a relationship.

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 35 - General functions of Commissioner (9 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...commissioner. David Anderson made this point: “It depends very much on whether you are looking for a watchdog or a tsar.” I think that we need a tsar, rather than just a watchdog, to tackle the problem of human trafficking. I hope that the Minister will be influenced by looking at the evidence about what works, and that she will decide accordingly. I commend the hon. Members...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 13 - Enforcement powers in relation to ships (9 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...Government—that there is nothing in the Scottish Bill to deal with these issues. That is such a huge omission that, as it clearly is the aspiration of Scotland to have a Bill that is parallel to ours that would make all of the UK secure against human trafficking, and as this measure is so important to our Bill, either the measure should have been discussed and included in the...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 6 - Sentencing (9 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: Thank you, Mr Pritchard. I am grateful to you for saying that. Those sentiments are shared across the House. Jim Dobbin was also a tolerant individual. Although I am a humanist, an atheist and a lapsed Catholic, he was one of my best friends. He probably offered a prayer or two to his God for my salvation; maybe it will be useful at some time in my life. He was a lovely man,  and a...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 5 - Penalties (4 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...my hon. Friend the Member for Slough for moving the amendment. I was a member of the all-party group on prostitution and the global sex trade, and this subject is one that Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking has come across in its journeys across the European Union. There is controversy among the Finnish and Swedish feminist movements about this topic. It is often seen as a divide...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 3 - Meaning of exploitation (4 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: Some of the definitions have already caused trouble. When I spent time with the Serious Organised Crime Agency, I was told that the crimes committed under the “human trafficking” label were changing in response to the reactions of prosecuting authorities across Europe. There is, for example, the pattern of charity bag collections. The amazing house that I live beside, which is...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 2 - Human trafficking (4 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...are doing, and I worry more when I hear the debate put forward in support of their approach. Many of us in the draft Bill Joint Committee had been working on the issues of modern-day slavery, human trafficking and its other aspects and consequences in our communities, including the terrible abuse of young women, children and others. Some people do not know their rights and are abused by...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 2 - Human Trafficking (4 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...Committee’s first evidence session the Director of Public Prosecutions admitted, in response to a question I asked: “We know that we prosecute under different offences that are not recorded as trafficking.”––[Official Report, Modern Slavery Public Bill Committee, 21 July 2014; c. 11, Q23.] It is quite clear that the authorities try to catch people on other,...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 1 - Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour (2 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...to the sword on that one. That is what we have to do when we take up this role in Parliament. I take it very seriously. It is the most effective way to help the citizens of our country. For me, as a humanist, it is certainly how I can do my best for the philosophies that brought me into politics, so I do not apologise if I sometimes demand a little more than compromise. In this case, I was...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 1 - Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour (2 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...debates in this Parliament —people who listen to the debates outside have commented on them—wants to do anything other than what we set out to do way back when we set up the all-party group on human trafficking under Anthony Steen or when we set up Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking across Europe, which was funded by the European Union, or what the ongoing work of the...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 July 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...in Supply Chains Act or the private Member’s Bill that was unfortunately talked out in this House. What amendments should we table to enable the Bill to deal with the international aspects of human trafficking and slavery in a manner akin to Wilberforce’s aspirations 200 years ago?

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 July 2014)

Michael Connarty: May I follow up? You said, Dr Reed, that it would be enough. There has been quite a bit of evidence, from Luis CdeBaca, the US ambassador at large on human trafficking, for example, and others, that it requires something much stronger—something like the California Act. That is quite clearly a mandatory imposition on companies to audit and report on their supply chains. Others argue that...

Modern Slavery Bill (8 July 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...key issues were so thin and poor that they had to be exposed, as I think they were in the speech made by my hon. Friend the Member for Slough. On the question of whether there should be a specific crime of trafficking children, which I will come to later, I think that the strength lies with the Joint Committee, not with the Bill before us. I want to talk first about the thanks we owe...

Modern Slavery Bill (8 July 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...of victims universally. ECPAT has written at length about the victims in its submission on the Bill. I will quote from it because it is a distillation of many years of work and advice to us: “ECPAT UK’s work with trafficked children over the past decade has seen us campaign tirelessly for a system of legal guardianship in order to protect the best interests of children and...

Bill Presented — Modern Slavery Bill: Home Affairs (10 June 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...Committee of both Houses and all parties—including the Cross Benchers—that considered the draft Bill. I hope that the Bill has been improved by our proposals. I am pleased that we will have legislation on human trafficking and modern slavery, but it must be measured against what we aspire to see after 10 weeks of evidence-gathering, as set out in the Joint Committee’s...

Backbench Business — Modern-day Slavery (5 December 2013)

Michael Connarty: ...will find that the perpetrators change. It is a matter that every Government will have to deal with. The decade of work commenced when Anthony Steen, who has been mentioned often, took an interest in the trafficking of Roma children, who were trained to thieve on Southeastern trains and on the underground. There were large numbers of them, and they were clearly organised. They were all...

Backbench Business — Modern-day Slavery (5 December 2013)

Michael Connarty: ...that if the Bill became law, it would need to contain a framework to deal with events such as the Olympics, or the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, which represent a truly attractive opportunity for human traffickers to profit and prosper. I understand that there is a proposal—the Minister may correct me—that the UK anti-slavery Bill will contain a better definition of the crime....

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