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Modern slavery bill to move on to House of Commons soon

Sat 31 Mar 2018
By Cara Bentley

Lord McColl’s Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill has passed the Committee stage of parliament without any amendments. 

The private member's bill will help identify and support victims of modern slavery and seek to provide follow-up through appropriate and safe accommodation and counselling. 

It aims to amend the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to provide assistance for a recovery period of 45 days and for a further period of twelve months following confirmation of their status as a victim of modern slavery.

The next stage of the bill will be the report stage and the Third Reading in the House of Lords where it started, it will then proceed to go though the same process in the House of Commons. 

It was proposed by Lord MCColl of Dulwich, a Conservative politician and Christian. He became a Life Peer because of his work with disabled people and is a passionate advocate of ending global human trafficking. 

The Bill received its first reading in the House of Lords on 26 June 2017 and highlights the fact that, once someone is freed from slavery they often need medical treatment, mental health support, legal advice and education. 

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