Public Accounts Committee on the future of the Modern Slavery Act
The Law Society believes that action against modern slavery should be further strengthened.
While the number of prosecutions for modern slavery offences and the number of victims entering the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) are increasing, modern slavery remains a largely hidden crime.
The Law Society believes that the government should go further to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act, by listing those companies which are required to produce statements but which fail to do so, and by providing further training for police officers, investigators and prosecutors.
The Law Society calls on the government to ensure that victims of modern slavery, especially those trafficked to the UK as minors, have this status considered when applying for asylum or leave to remain.
The Law Society recommends that the Home Office should implement the findings of the review it commissioned back in 2014 into the NRM. It should also implement the findings of the pilots it established in West Yorkshire and in the South West.