Forced labour is a serious crime that affects at least 3,000 to 5,000 people across the UK – and the number of cases appears to be growing.
A Modern Slavery Bill was introduced to the UK Parliament in June 2014. Consolidated legislation is also being considered in Northern Ireland following the private members’ bill on trafficking – introduced by Lord Morrow – and in Scotland.
Forced labour takes many forms and operates in the supply chains of a range of UK employment sectors, such as the food industry.
JRF’S Forced Labour programme (2010-2014) explored the nature, scope and scale of forced labour, how it can be tackled by employers. governments and authorities, and lessons from elsewhere in Europe.
Read the final report – a round-up of research and recommendations – here.
Read an update on forced labour in Northern Ireland here.
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