The government must stop dragging its feet over a new anti-slavery watchdog

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Monday 15 May 2023 18:24 BST
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<p>Changes to legislation are likely to make the identification of modern slavery victims more difficult, and could prevent them from getting the right support  </p>

Changes to legislation are likely to make the identification of modern slavery victims more difficult, and could prevent them from getting the right support

It has now been 12 months since the UK has had an independent anti-slavery commissioner, a watchdog role to “encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of modern slavery offenses and the identification of victims.”

As a group of anti-slavery and human rights organisations, we are seriously concerned that the appointment of a new Commissioner has been left to drift for so long.

This is particularly worrying in the current climate, where changes to legislation are likely to make the identification of modern slavery victims more difficult, and could prevent them from getting the right support.

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