Modern Day Slavery happens in our communities and it is ruining the lives of up to fifteen thousand people in the UK and trapping twenty one million people across the world in inhumane and disgusting conditions. The Modern Day Slavery Act passed in 2015 and was designed to give government, he power to prosecute those forcing people into modern day slavery and protect their victims.
As the Guardian reported in 2015 it also laid out clear instructions and made clear the responsibilities of large companies to combat Modern Day Slavery and people trafficking. "Any business – or part of a business – that has a global turnover of £36m or more and supplies goods or services in the UK will have to produce and publish an annual slavery and trafficking statement in a “prominent” place on its website every year. The statement must set out what steps the organisation has taken to ensure there is no slavery in any part of its business, including its supply chains".
However, despite these good intentions, I'm concerned about what is being done to uphold these requirements and what action is being taken against those who are either willingly or unwittingly hindering the efforts to remove these awful practices. That's why I raised the issue with the government yesterday in the House of Commons and will watch the government's actions carefully.