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Draft Modern Slavery Bill, 16/12/13 [E/NI/S/W]

The Home Office published the draft  Modern Slavery Bill on 16 December 2013.

This draft Bill sets out action needed to eradicate slavery from the UK and will be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny with the aim of publishing a Bill in the spring.

It includes provisions to:

  • Consolidate and simplify existing slavery and trafficking offences to provide clarity and focus when investigating and prosecuting traffickers;
  •  Increase the maximum sentence available from 14 years to life imprisonment so that offenders receive the punishments they deserve;
  • Introduce Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders (STPOs) and Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders (STROs) to restrict the activity of those who pose a risk and those convicted of slavery and trafficking offences so they cannot cause further harm;
  • Create a new Anti-Slavery Commissioner role to galvanise law enforcement efforts to tackle modern slavery;
  • and Establish a legal duty to report potential victims of trafficking to the National Crime Agency (NCA) to build a clearer picture of the nature of this hidden crime.

For full details see the Home Office website.

Further Information

Draft Modern Slavery Bill