Modern Slavery and Organised Crime Minister Karen Bradley, has urged businesses to ensure that their suppliers are not involved in trafficking and exploitation.
The minister made the call after visiting two safe houses in Sheffield where adult victims of human trafficking are helped to rebuild their lives.
The safe houses are run by Ashiana and City Hearts – organisations which provide support to adult victims of human trafficking. There the minister met a number of specialist support workers and slavery survivors.
“At the heart of everything we do is the need to protect victims and prevent further men, women and children falling prey to this particularly evil crime” Ms Bradley said. “We are taking action on a number of fronts. The Modern Slavery Bill, the first of its kind in Europe, will strengthen the punishment of offenders and the protection of victims. Through the National Crime Agency and police forces we are stepping up enforcement against the criminal gangs behind much of modern slavery.”
She added that the government was “working with high risk countries to try and stop victims falling prey to traffickers in the first place.”
She urged all to play a part in fighting human trafficking and raising awareness of the issues involved.
“I am grateful for the vital work being carried out by Ashiana and City Hearts in Sheffield to help consign slavery to the history books where it belongs,” Ms Bradley said.