Modern slavery is a despicable crime that sees people forced into servitude from around the world. When I was shadow minister at the Home Office I was on the bill committee which debated and amended the Modern Slavery Act through the Commons. It was a welcomed first step, but at the time I was adamant that more could have been done to ensure that greater protections were put into law.
I am currently a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – an group whereby parliaments from across the Commonwealth can meet and share ideas. We have recently worked with the Home Office to produce a report and guide to help our sister parliaments tackle this horrible crime. I hope that the minister will work with us to ensure that as many countries in the world adopt modern slavery laws.