18 July 2019
Andrew Bridgen calls for debate on the manpower and resources of the Home Office’s modern slavery unit

Andrew Bridgen calls for a debate on whether the manpower and resources of the Home Office modern slavery unit are sufficient to deal with organised crime, such as people trafficking, sexual exploitation and money laundering. 

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

It is a huge source of shame that modern slavery persists in our country, in some cases on an industrial scale. It is always accompanied by other forms of organised crime, such as people trafficking, sexual exploitation and money laundering. May we have a debate on whether the modern slavery unit in the Home Office has sufficient manpower and resources to successfully and swiftly bring the perpetrators of such heinous crimes, and the complex criminal networks associated with them, to justice?

Mel Stride

Modern slavery is one of the scourges of a modern and global world. It is worth reflecting for a moment that one of the current Prime Minister’s key legacies will be the extraordinary work that she did and drove forward in this policy area, particularly when she was Home Secretary. For example, she brought in the various requirements on companies and on reporting, and she made sure that we have the resources and tools available to clamp down on this iniquitous situation.

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