In March 2015 the Modern Slavery Bill gained Royal Assent becoming the second piece of anti-slavery legislation in 200 years. The Modern Slavery Act recognises that to tackle slavery as a criminal business, but also to support the many victims, requires a central legal framework, which can be used by the police, the judiciary, statutory agencies, and those who offer pastoral care. To support the new legislation, the government has introduced the Modern Slavery strategy which will provide a framework to enable collaborative work.
However the Modern Slavery Act will not end slavery and trafficking – this will happen through disrupting market forces. It is everyone’s responsibility to query whether they are purchasing items which have been produced through labour exploitation; to be aware of human
suffering in their community; to raise awareness; and not to accept that people are commodities to buy or sell for gratification.