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Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner - report on The Modern Slavery Act 2015 statutory defence

Today The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, has publishes her review: The Modern Slavery Act 2015 statutory defence: A call for evidence.

In her first Strategic Plan 2019-2021, the Commissioner set out her commitment to work with criminal justice agencies to gain a better understanding of what was happening on the ground in respect of the use of the statutory defence provided by s.45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. A call for evidence was launched in January 2020 and received over 100 responses and 200 cases. The cases were analysed and a number of experts interviewed. Two round table discussions were held, one on criminal justice processes the other on the child protection issues that had emerged.

The report makes 10 recommendations 

Read The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's report he Modern Slavery Act 2015 statutory defence: A call for evidence.