His­tory les­son for slav­ery to­day

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views - Mar­got Parker UKIP MEP Small busi­nesses spokesman

One of the best things There- sa May did as Home Sec­re­tary was the in­tro­duc­tion of the Mod­ern Slav­ery Bill in 2015.

One year on it looks like our law en­force­ment mech­a­nisms are be­gin­ning to take a bite out of this heinous trade in hu­man mis­ery – al­beit a very small bite it seems.

With es­ti­mates of mod­ern slaves in the UK run­ning as high as 13,000 it is more than a lit­tle con­cern­ing only 289 prose­cu­tions were made in the time since mod­ern slav­ery has been a gov­ern­men­tal pri­or­ity.

De­spite this mostly en­cour­ag­ing start, many of the cir­cum­stances which fuel mod­ern slav­ery have not even be­gun to be ad­e­quately ad­dressed, es­pe­cially when it comes to the ma­jor­ity of for­eign-born victims.

The sheer num­bers of peo­ple com­ing into the EU has lead to enor­mous num­bers of peo­ple sim­ply dis­ap­pear­ing, in­clud­ing more than 10,000 chil­dren.

With­out doubt many will be trapped in forced do­mes­tic or com­mer­cial work, sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and other sit­u­a­tions which have been rightly de­fined as slav­ery.

The United King­dom banned slav­ery in 1833 and over the rest of the 19th cen­tury be­came the lead force in stamp­ing it out through­out the civilised world.

It is quite fit­ting we take a sim­i­lar role in the 21st cen­tury.

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