The world-leading Modern Slavery Act was introduced in 2015 to tackle modern slavery in this country and set an example for other countries seeking to do the same.
Four years on, many effects of the Act are apparent. It gives law enforcement agencies the tools to tackle modern slavery offences, including a maximum life sentence for perpetrators and enhanced protection for victims.
But there are still sadly too few convictions being handed down for the new offences prosecuted under the Act, and too few Slavery and Trafficking Prevention and Risk Orders are in place to restrict offender activity.
This article was originally posted at gov.uk