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Ensuring compliance with the Modern Slavery Act

There is a tendency to view slavery as something that can be consigned to the history books, a blight on humanity that took place centuries ago. However, it very much remains a problem for our society, at both an individual and commercial level. The introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) sought to combat this complex problem, and at the time, it put the UK at the forefront of a global fight against modern slavery.

This isnít to say the scale of the problem has shrunk in the last four years; in fact, it is estimated there are around 130,000 victims of trafficking and slavery in the UK. In 2016/17, modern slavery offences were estimated to cost the UK £4.3 billion, and the number of offences recorded by police in England and Wales was up by 49 per cent the following year.

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March 13, 2019

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