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Success of modern slavery act will require action on prevention and protection – FLEX

July 31, 2015

Two years after Theresa May first set out her intention to make tackling ‘modern slavery’ a priority, the Modern Slavery Act will today become law. FLEX welcomes the Act’s intentions but cautions there is a long road ahead if we’re to truly tackle this crime.

FLEX Policy Director, Caroline Robinson, commented:

‘Trafficking requires a ‘three p’ response: prevention, protection and prosecution. Whilst todays efforts to increase prosecutions are welcome, effective prevention and protection is still sorely lacking.

She added:

‘The Modern Slavery Act’s success hinges on the government taking real action to prevent trafficking by expanding labour inspection, and to protect victims with high quality support. We look forward to working with the government in the coming months to make sure the Act’s outcomes are as good as its intentions.’