Modern Slavery Act

Our CEO led and chaired The Centre for Social Justice report: ‘It Happens Here – Equipping the United Kingdom to fight Modern Slavery’. Acknowledged by the UK’s Home Secretary as the catalyst for the Modern Slavery Act, its recommendations have heavily influenced the new Government strategy to tackle modern slavery.

We were instrumental in helping formulate the Act. Our MD gave evidence to the pre-legislative committee, our CEO gave evidence in Parliament to the Pre-Bill committee, and was also on the committee chaired by Frank Field MP.

Report of the Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review - Frank Field MP (Chair)

The Act received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 with the initial package of Modern Slavery Act provisions coming into effect on 31 July 2015. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 will give law enforcement the tools to tackle modern slavery, ensure that perpetrators can receive suitably severe sentences for these appalling crimes, enhance support and protection for victims, and ensure large businesses report annually on what they doing to stop modern slavery occurring in their supply chains.

Read the whole of The Modern Slavery Act 2015 here.

International Legislation

Unseen has recently submitted a recommendation to the Australian Government outlining how and why a Modern Slavery Act should be introduced to Australian legislation. Click here to read the recommendation in full .