The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has announced new proposals to defeat modern slavery after a meeting of the Prime Minister’s Modern Slavery Taskforce.
Modern slavery is a broad term that includes the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery. It is a global problem that transcends age, gender and ethnicity. It is important to remember that this is not an issue confined to history or that only exists in certain countries. It is a very real issue, and happens here in the UK.
Under the government’s new proposals, the system to report modern slavery will become more efficient. A new, expert unit will be established in the Home Office to assess all modern slavery cases, which will be completely separate from the immigration system. In addition to this, a further level of scrutiny has been added to the process, with an independent panel of experts reviewing all negative decisions to ensure that no victim of modern slavery is missed.
A new online system of referral has also been created, so that victims can be given access to support more rapidly, and police and law enforcement are provided with more data about these crimes.
It is now easier than ever to report modern slavery cases, with a new helpline and online report system both established.
The modern slavery helpline can be reached on: 0800 0121 700.
Modern slavery cases can be reported online at https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/
Stuart Andrew MP said: “I welcome these new proposals that I’m sure will help to end modern slavery. I would encourage anyone in my constituency who has any concerns about someone who they believe to be a victim of modern slavery to contact the helpline.”