When it receives the Royal Assent, the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill will become the first law dedicated to combat slavery and trafficking in the UK.
According to the charity CARE, the key measures of this law are:
- The establishment of independent guardians to protect and advocate for children who have suffered the trauma of being trafficked or separated from their parents and are at risk of harm.
- A statutory support service for victims with a minimum length of 45 days during which assistance will be given to adult victims of trafficking.
- Tougher punishments for those found guilty of trafficking.
- Victims of trafficking will now also be exempted from conviction for all but the most serious of crimes committed while they were being exploited.
As for the Modern Slavery Bill 2014-15 , it is now moving to report stage, a further scrutiny stage before the House of Lords. The current version can be read here.