Temporary Employment

Home Office written question – answered on 10th November 2014.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what regulatory safeguards are in place to protect agency workers from trafficking; if she will review the effectiveness of those safeguards; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Holding answer received on 04 November 2014

The Government is committed to stamping out modern slavery in all its forms including labour exploitation involving agency workers.

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority’s transfer to the Home Office will improve its collaboration with policing agencies for its enforcement activities and maximise the contribution it makes to tackling exploitation of workers.

The Modern Slavery Bill will give law enforcement the tools to tackle modern slavery by increasing the maximum sentence available for offenders to life imprisonment; creating an independent Anti-slavery Commissioner to drive improvements and a better coordinated law enforcement response, working in the interests of victims; strengthening powers to recover the sizeable profits that traffickers and slave masters make from this appalling crime; introducing vital new tools to restrict the activity of criminals who have been convicted of modern slavery offences; and providing powers to enable police and Border Force to act where it is suspected that human trafficking or forced labour is taking place on board vessels at sea.

To complement the Bill, the Government has a comprehensive programme of action to tackle modern slavery. This includes publishing a Modern Slavery Strategy which sets out the Government’s comprehensive approach to tackling modern slavery and the contributions we expect from other Government departments, agencies and partners.

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