Home Office to take over contract for supporting victims of slavery

Responsibility for managing the delivery of care for adult victims of slavery will be transferred from Ministry of Justice to the Home Office.

Modern slavery encompasses human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude.

The lead for overseeing support services for trafficking victims, delivered by The Salvation Army, will be transferred from the Ministry of Justice to the Home Office by the end of February.  

The move will ensure that the experience and needs of victims feed into the wide-ranging work being led by the new Modern Slavery Unit within the Home Office including the proposed Modern Slavery Bill, wider policy development, strengthened law enforcement and work with source countries.

Home Office Minister Karen Bradley said: “The Home Office is leading co-ordinated action to stamp out modern slavery and it is right that managing support for victims should be central to and inform that work.

“At the heart of everything we do is the need to protect victims and prevent further men, women and children falling prey to this particularly evil crime.”

The support service provides accommodation and assistance to victims through a network of safe houses across England and Wales. Figures released last week show The Salvation Army supported 399 victims between July and December 2013.

The Ministry of Justice will continue to joint-fund the provision of the services and will be closely involved in the procurement of the new contract.

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