On Monday, Theresa May launched her high profile draft modern slavery bill, addressing an issue she describes as a 'personal priority'. Many who work in this field share the home secretary's desire to strengthen the legal framework to tackle modern day slavery. However, instead of offering legal clarification, the bill offers confused definitions, a blinkered focus on prosecution and an anti-slavery commissioner whose resources and activities would be controlled by the home secretary. Far from a credible attempt to address a complex problem, the bill in its current form is more concerned with what the UK is seen to be doing than the real impact of our actions.
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