Published on April 13th, 2015 | by CCAT0
Anti-Slavery Bill is Now Law
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and has now passed as an Act of Parliament. This means that anti-slavery is now part of UK law. The Bill consolidates the current offences relating to trafficking and slavery. It:
- creates two new civil orders to prevent modern slavery
- establishes an Anti-Slavery Commissioner
- makes provision for the protection of modern slavery victims.
The bill has received mixed reactions from UK campaigners; some suggesting that it still needs much greater emphasis on victim protection. Young children in particular are vulnerable to exploitation and without appointment of proper safeguards may be at risk of being prosecuted rather than protected by the law. Critics also suggest that combating human trafficking is a complex problem that relies heavily on the targeting and disrupting of organised crime.
CCAT’s Peter Cox recently tweeted “although the bill is not perfect, at least it’s a start and at last, officially recognises that trafficking/slavery does go on in our neighbourhoods so often hidden away. Let’s be sure to keep our eyes open and report any suspicions.”
To read the Independent Newspaper coverage and critique of the bill: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/governments-modern-slavery-bill-will-fail-victims-and-spare-criminals-9005211.html
To view the full legislation visit: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2014-15/modernslavery.html