JOINT

Means of deterring and penalising slavery offences

25 February 2014

The Joint Committee on the draft Modern Slavery Bill holds two evidence sessions on whether the Bill as drafted provides adequate, effective responses to modern slavery in the UK on Tuesday 25 February 2014.

The morning session will hear from children’s charities about protecting children in the UK from slavery, and the afternoon session will hear about the criminal justice system’s response to these crimes and how to achieve successful prosecutions

Witnesses

At 10:30am in Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

  • Christian Action Research and Education
  • Children's Society and Refugee Children's Consortium
  • Barnados
  • UNICEF
  •  Scottish Refugee Council

At 2:15pm in Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

  • Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Sumner, and Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, Human Trafficking Unit, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Detective Inspector Keith Roberts, Kent Police
  • Alan Hardwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire
    Chief Inspector Mike Winters, Area Commander, Cambridgeshire Police
  • Nick Hunt, Director of Strategy and Policy, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Rt Hon the Lord Judge
  • Caroline Haughey, Criminal Barrister, Furnival Chambers

Draft Modern Slavery Bill

The draft Bill proposes to consolidate and simplify existing criminal offences relating to slavery and human trafficking and introduce civil orders to restrict the activity of those involved in or convicted of slavery and trafficking offences.  The draft Bill also proposes the appointment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of offences.

The draft Bill was published on 16 December 2013 alongside a white paper detailing the Government’s non-legislative approach to modern slavery.

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