The determination to end Modern Slavery in our communities is a passion that I know all MPs from all parties share. That is why I have joined many other Parliamentarians asking the Prime Minister to support the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill in the House of Commons.
The Government currently provides victims with a limited period of care on a non-statutory basis while the authorities decide if the person is a victim, but then the support ends. Although some victims are entitled to further help, the vast majority (and this is true of victims across the UK) are left to fend for themselves, often at risk of homelessness and vulnerable to being re-trafficked.
The Bill will give victims in England and Wales a guaranteed right to support during the initial period when the decision about the status is being made, and for a further 12 months afterwards. Separate and stronger legislation already exists in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Now is the time for action.