APCC Lead for Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and APCC Chair Mark Burns-Williamson OBE said:
“As APCC lead for human trafficking and modern slavery and chair of the National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network, I support the Home Office plans to launch an Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
“In the last three years, we have seen a significant uplift in the national response to modern slavery across many sectors and I have been encouraged to see how the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has contributed to and influenced this response. However, the landscape is continually evolving and we need to make sure our legislation and policy is robust and appropriate to support and enhance our collective response effectively.
“Modern slavery and human trafficking remains a high priority threat and we cannot underestimate the devastating impact this serious and organised crime continues to have on individuals and our communities. The dedication and commitment shown by all agencies across England and Wales to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking has been commendable but we must all remain unrelenting in our efforts and continue to keep the victims and survivors of this crime at the heart of what we do.
“I will continue my commitment to drive forward the collective efforts of PCC colleagues and partners both regionally and nationally and I look forward to helping contribute to the results of this review.”