Human Trafficking and Anti-Slavery
Although slavery is commonly thought to be something of the past, human trafficking is sadly happening and no matter where you live, the chances are that it is happening close to you. Millions of people are trapped in horrific situations, they are being threatened, they’re going through mental and physical violence, deception, and many other manipulative tactics to force them to do things against their will. It was only a few weeks ago when eight gang members, based around Birmingham, received prison sentences for up to 11 years for the trafficking, imprisonment and slavery of 400 people. Treated as slaves, these people had been encouraged to come the UK from eastern Europe by fellow countrymen on the promise of better work and life prospects.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness of this worldwide issue and given this most recent abuse within the UK it must be taken seriously by us all. Trafficking is a form of modern slavery, a multi-billion-pound criminal industry that denies freedom of around 30 million people around the world. The trafficking of people into the UK is big criminal business, with a reported rise of 245% over the last five years.
The Modern Slavery Act became law in 2015, yet much more needs to be done. Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery includes:
- Sexual exploitation
- Forced labour
- Domestic servitude
- Organ harvesting
- Child related crimes such as child sexual exploitation, forced begging, illegal drug cultivation, organised theft, related benefit frauds etc.
Forced marriage and illegal adoption
Businesses must act ethically and with integrity and transparency throughout all transactional arrangements, ensuring there are effective systems and controls to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking simply doesn’t happen.
You should expect the same high standards from all of your suppliers, contractors and other business partners and, as part of your contracting processes, you must include specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery, and expect that your suppliers will in turn hold their own suppliers to the same standards.
Your zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and other business partners when entering into new or renewed contracts with them.
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