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Modern Slavery statutory guidance update

There have been some recent changes to the Modern Slavery statutory guidance for England and Wales (updated 3 March 2023) to reflect the changes introduced through the Nationality and Borders Act. 

Among the changes, there are new sections setting out that abuse which happens on route and is not connected to the purpose of travel does not necessarily constitute as trafficking, and a section that sets out a definition of sexual exploitation in relation to the Slavery and Human Trafficking (Definition of Victim) Regulations. 

Another new section sets out when determining if someone is a victim of modern slavery, regard may be had to the person's age, family relationships and physical or mental disabilities, which impair a person's ability to protect themselves.  

You can read the current statutory guidance here