Modern slavery is organised crime encompassing sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude. All the countries of the UK have brought in legislation to deal with the problem of modern slavery. This briefing paper looks at the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which applies in England and Wales, and recent developments since it came into force.

A Backbench Business debate on Implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is scheduled for Thursday 26 October 2017. This will be a general debate, to be held in the Commons Chamber. The subject of the debate was nominated by the Backbench Business Committee. The debate will be opened by Vernon Coaker MP.

There have been calls to review the law covering online harassment and cyber bullying. The Conservative and Labour manifestos both contained proposals to deal with the issue. So will the law change? This Briefing Paper focusses mainly on England and Wales, but also touches on the law and relevant guidance in Scotland and Northern Ireland.