UK has become the third country to ratify a legally binding international agreement setting out action needed to tackle forced labour.
Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation Karen Bradley ratified the International Labour Organization’s ‘Forced Labour Protocol’ with the Director General of the ILO, Guy Ryder in London on 22nd January 2016.
Niger and Norway are the only other countries that have signed the agreement which punishes perpetrators of forced labour.
“Sadly, forced labour can take place in any industry, but the UK Government will not stand by while criminals profit from this trade in human misery,” Ms Bradley said. “That’s why we have committed to working with the International Labour Organization and other countries to make sure we are providing the strongest possible protection for victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.”
She added: Through our landmark Modern Slavery Act we are already ensuring that those who are guilty of forced labour offences can face life behind bars, and our Immigration Bill, will ensure that the Gangmasters Licensing Authority has new powers to investigate worker exploitation.”