Lord Morrow Bill just the beginning

By James Mildred

Lord Morrow’s ground breaking anti-slavery Bill, the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 received Royal Assent late yesterday.

The landmark piece of anti-slavery legislation, the first in the UK for more than 200 years, includes a range of clauses providing better support for victims and ensuring tougher penalties for those found guilty of trafficking.

Mark Baillie of CARE in Northern Ireland has said the Act is just the first step and the hard work now begins to make sure the legislation is properly implemented.

Most of the Act came into force at midnight with a number of measures to be implemented later on in the year.

CARE in Northern Ireland Policy Officer Mark Baillie said:

“Not only will this Act mean tougher sanctions for those who are guilty of this horrendous crime, the legislation quite rightly places the victim at its heart.

“But of course, the hard work has only just begun.

“We need to make sure independent guardians for children and the other support systems the Act includes are brought in efficiently so victims can start benefiting as soon as possible.

“For too long, victims of modern day slavery have been let down by the failure of governments …read more

Read the full article here: http://www.care.org.uk/public-affairs-news/lord-morrow-bill-just-the-beginning

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