The Modern Slavery Act has come into force in England and Wales and with it comes powerful new custodial sentences for offenders. From today, those convicted of acts of slavery in England and Wales will be subject to a maximum sentence of lifetime imprisonment.
The latest migrant boat disaster in the Mediterranean has brought an ongoing issue back into the spotlight. The International Organisation for Migration estimates that in 2015 alone, 1,600 people have died trying to cross from North Africa. That’s a 100-fold increase on the same period in 2014 when 17 people drowned.
The UK government’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 is intended to combat slavery and human trafficking. Compliance expert André Bywater from Cordery Compliance discusses the impact of this new Act on businesses.
Human trafficking nets its perpetrators more than £100 billion a year. One of the final acts of Parliament before its dissolution was the passing of the Modern Slavery Act. The new law sees the maximum jail term for traffickers increase from 14 years to life and gives the police and power to seize traffickers’ assets and force them to pay compensation to their victims.
With Easter around the corner, many minds will undoubtedly be moving towards chocolate. As a nation of chocoholics, more than 90 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK during the Easter period alone. Despite this few realise what it takes to produce the chocolate, or even where most of it comes from.
Quite a political slant to the news stories this month that were tracked in the LexisNexis® Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ with human trafficking featuring heavily in the coalition’s final to-do list.
STOP THE TRAFFIK are a non-governmental organisation driving media awareness to address human trafficking in the fashion industry. See business is affected and understand how corporate initiative can play an important role in the anti-trafficking movement.
21-30 million people worldwide are trapped in slavery today. This is compared to an estimate of 9-11 million people who landed alive in Europe from Africa during the slave trade.
A new report reveals dramatic growth in victims requiring support from The Salvation Army with the number of people recovering from labour exploitation overtaking those supported after sexual exploitation and also growing at a faster rate for the first time.
According to figures released by the National Crime Agency in August, 566 possible cases of human trafficking were recorded in the UK between January and March this year - almost 50 a week.