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Committee takes evidence on modern slavery

15 January 2019

As part of its inquiry into modern slavery, the Home Affairs Committee hears from senior police leaders and the Crown Prosecution Service on the policing and prosecutorial response to modern slavery and human trafficking.

Witnesses

Tuesday 15 January in Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, Police and Crime Commissioner, West Yorkshire and Chair, National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network
  • Rob Jones, Lead on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, National Crime Agency
  • Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Devon and Cornwall Police and Lead for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, National Police Chiefs Council
  • Baljit Ubhey, Director of Prosecution Policy and Inclusion, Crown Prosecution Service

At 11.00am

  • Victoria Marks, Director, Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit
  • James Robottom, Barrister, 7 Bedford Row
  • Philippa Southwell, Consultant Solicitor - Advocate, Birds Solicitors
  • Nusrat Uddin, Solicitor, Wilson Solicitors LLP

Purpose of the session

The Committee will also hear from legal experts on a range of issues including victims’ access to legal support and the criminalisation of victims.

The session is likely to cover:

  • Improvements to and increases in police activity on slavery and trafficking
  • Challenges facing the policing and prosecuting of modern slavery cases
  • Criminalisation of victims, and county lines
  • Legal support for victims and access to compensation
  • Implications of the Modern Slavery Act, and recent High Court judgements.

Further information

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