Modern Slavery

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 2017.

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Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire 12:00 am, 29th November 2017

What steps her Department is taking to tackle modern slavery in developing countries.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Secretary of State for International Development

The Department is playing a leading role in the cross-government effort to tackle the scourge of modern slavery, and expanding our work in developing countries to tackle this barbaric crime. Our “work in freedom” programme has already reached over 380,000 women and girls in south Asia and the middle east.

Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire

I thank the Secretary of State for that answer and I welcome her to her position. Saturday was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Given that around 75% of victims of modern slavery are women, will she join me in paying tribute to campaigners and organisations across the country, including the Women’s Aid refuge in Barrhead in my constituency, for what they do to tackle this crime?

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Secretary of State for International Development

I would be very happy to congratulate my hon. Friend’s constituents for the work that they are doing. Modern slavery is something that many people across the country are concerned about. We should be proud that our country and our Prime Minister are leading the way, most recently in convening leaders at the UN to launch the call for action to end modern slavery, which now has 40 signatories.