Modern Slavery Bill: 2nd Reading Briefing (House of Lords)

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
20th Nov 2014

This briefing outlines some practical ways that the Modern Slavery Bill could be used to help bring down the number of cases of forced labour that are unrelated to human trafficking.

Summary

Summary

Since 2010, JRF has supported research into the nature, scale and scope of forced labour in the UK. This short briefing draws on the full range of these studies  

Key points  

  • Forced labour affects thousands of people across the UK and the number of cases is growing.   
  •  The increase in the number of identified cases of forced labour and other forms of modern slavery has not been accompanied with an increase in prosecution of those responsible.   
  • The Modern Slavery Bill could help to remedy the difficulties in enforcement by consolidating the legislation and by introducing a spectrum of offences that cover the entire continuum of exploitative situations linked to modern slavery.   

JRF focuses on several points in this briefing, including the need to: approach elimination of forced labour as a task across government, linking criminal justice with labour market measures; enhance the powers of the Gangmasters licensing authority; cover the whole spectrum of exploitative acts related to modern slavery in the Bill; establish independent oversight through the Anti-Slavery Commissioner and guarantee minimum standard for protection of victims.  

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