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
- 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.