With the government and businesses under pressure to do more to combat modern slavery, Will Winch, Nina O’Sullivan and Dana Kamranova look at how employers can take effective
action to stamp out labour exploitation.
Modern slavery has been described by Theresa May as ‘the great human rightsissue of our time’. Home Office figures estimated that, in 2014, at least 13,000 people in the UK were victims of modern-day slavery. The latest report by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), The Nature and Scale of Labour Exploitation Across All Sectors Within the United Kingdom (May 2018), indicates that victims of labour exploitation are most commonly Vietnamese, Albanian and British – and there has been a 362% increase in the number of British nationals at risk of exploitation compared to 2015/16. Debt bondage (where victims are forced to pay off debts over which they have no control) is becoming an increasingly common form of modern slavery, and forced labour forms about 30% of all exploitation.
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This article was first published in Employment Law Journal (June 2018) and is available at lawjournals.co.uk