Theresa May: Government determined to lead global fight against modern slavery

New legislation to fight modern slavery and tackle the threat of serious and organised crime was announced in the Queen’s Speech.

The Modern Slavery Bill will strengthen the powers to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking whilst improving support for victims of such crimes.

“Modern slavery is an appalling crime that has no place in today’s society,” Home Secretary Theresa May said. “The Modern Slavery Bill, the first of its kind in Europe, represents an historic opportunity to get new legislation on the statute books and reflects the Government’s determination to lead the global fight against this evil.”

The government will also bring forward a new Serious Crime Bill to disrupt serious organised crime, strengthen powers to seize the proceeds of crime, and tackle child neglect.

“Serious and organised crime blights lives and causes misery within communities across the UK,” Ms May said. “The Serious Crime Bill would provide law enforcement agencies with greater powers to prosecute those responsible.”

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