The experts covered a range of issues including victims’ access to legal support and the criminalisation of victims. This included:
Improvements to and increases in police activity on slavery and trafficking
Challenges facing the policing and prosecuting of modern slavery cases
Criminalisation of victims, and county lines
Legal support for victims and access to compensation
Implications of the Modern Slavery Act, and recent High Court judgments
James’ evidence particularly concerned issues with the drafting of the slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, and human trafficking offences under s.1 and 2 of the Act, and the possible amendment of the Act to include a statutory tort. James’ written evidence can be found on the Committee website.
The committee will hear further evidence in the coming weeks.