Human trafficking: Tough sentences to help end modern slavery

n October 2013 the Government announced that the maximum sentence for trafficking offences will be increased to life.

The measure will be included in a Modern Slavery Bill with James Brokenshire as Minister for the Bill, to be published in 2013 in draft form for pre-legislative scrutiny.

The bill will consolidate into a single act the offences used to prosecute slave drivers. It will also introduce Trafficking Prevention Orders to restrict the activity and movement of convicted traffickers and stop them from committing further offences and a new Anti-Slavery Commissioner to hold law enforcement and other organisations to account.

The second report of the inter-departmental ministerial group on human trafficking in the UK was also published in October 2013, providing an assessment of human trafficking in the UK and building on the first report of the group which was published in October 2012.

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