Bill seeks to provide support for victims of modern slavery

The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill is currently making its way through the UK Parliament. The Bill, introduced by Lord McColl, makes provision about identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery and is now at the Committee Stage where it will be given detailed consideration, though a date has yet to be confirmed for this. 

At present, victims of human trafficking have no automatic right to stay in the UK and they are not able to receive any support beyond a short period of time whilst the authorities consider whether or not they have been a victim of trafficking. Once an individual is identified as a victim they are no longer entitled to support.

Lord McColl’s Bill seeks to address this situation and provide support to victims of trafficking and give them a right to remain in the UK for up to 12 months.

You can email your MP via this weblink, and encourage them to support the Bill. The process is extremely easy thanks to the Free for Good campaign. 

You might also be interested to learn more about the Church’s Santa Marta group, a worldwide alliance of bishops and police chiefs set up to combat human trafficking and modern slavery.