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The Government has described modern slavery as a “brutal form of organised crime in which people are treated as commodities and exploited for criminal gain”, which “takes a number of forms, including sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude”. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received royal assent on 26 March 2015. Since the Act, the Government commissioned an independent review of the Act a year after it came into force and set up a Modern Slavery Taskforce. A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services in October 2017 expressed concerns about law enforcement investigations of potential victims.

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Modern Slavery Act 2015: Recent Developments, Commons Library Briefing Paper 7656, 25 October 2017


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