The Home Office has described human trafficking and modern slavery as a global crime and published a report and draft Bill at the end of last year. The draft Bill, which is currently being considered by a joint Parliamentary committee, seeks to consolidate existing human trafficking and slavery offences and to increase the maximum sentence available for those convicted. Further measures are also proposed to build a more robust framework: - the appointment of an anti-slavery Commissioner; - the introduction of anti-slavery and trafficking prevention and risk orders; - the requirement for certain public authorities to report suspected cases to the National Referral Mechanism. The Home Office report and draft Bill is available here.
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