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Human Trafficking

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2016.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to counter people trafficking.

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

We are committed to tackling people trafficking and all forms of modern slavery. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 gives law enforcement agencies the tools they need to tackle modern slavery, ensures that perpetrators can receive suitably severe sentences up to life imprisonment, enhances support and protection for victims and places a duty on large businesses to report on what they are doing to stop modern slavery occurring in their global supply chains. We have successfully lobbied for the establishment of the first ever UN Sustainable Development Goal to end modern slavery and are working with a range of international partners to tackle slavery and its causes. We are also piloting a new approach to identifying and supporting potential victims of slavery through the National Referral Mechanism and we have appointed an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to spread best practice in the UK and overseas.

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