Department for International Development written question – answered on 12th January 2018.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's policy paper, Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, published on 20 September 2017, what progress has been made on tackling the issues covered in that paper.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Tackling modern slavery both at home and abroad is a cross-government priority. The UK is pleased that 41 countries have so far endorsed the Call to Action launched by the Prime Minister, the UN Secretary General and world leaders at the UN General Assembly last year, and will continue to push for more country endorsements and ensure that it delivers action on the ground.

The Prime Minister has committed to double ODA spend on modern slavery to £150 million. Recently the Secretary of State for International Development announced £40 million of this funding, which will help over 500,000 vulnerable men, women and children. We have also been working with high prevalence countries and source countries to the UK to identify how we can support them to tackle modern slavery as well as working to build support within multilateral institutions.

At home, the government has introduced a comprehensive legal framework through the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It is having a real impact and we are now seeing the first convictions for the new offences within the Act. We have also recently announced proposals to increase support for victims identified in the UK through a reform of the National Referral Mechanism – the system which identifies and supports victims of modern slavery.

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