The Modern Slavery Bill completed committee stage, the chance for line by line scrutiny in the Lords, on Wednesday 10 December.
Members of the Lords considered a proposal to establish an effective statutory National Referral Mechanism to identify trafficked, enslaved or exploited persons in the UK.
Peers also discussed slavery and human trafficking statements by large organisations, protection for overseas domestic workers, and the powers and duties of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.
The bill now moves to report stage, a further chance for scrutiny in the Lords. A date is yet to be scheduled.
Modern Slavery Bill committee stage day three: Monday 8 December
Members of the Lords discussed the role and responsibilities of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, including a proposal to broaden the remit of the post and its global dimension. Peers also considered further measures to increase protection for victims, such as the appointment of advocates for victims of child trafficking.
Modern Slavery Bill committee stage day two: Wednesday 3 December
Members of the Lords discussed several suggested changes to the bill designed to help victims of trafficking and enslavement access justice - particularly in relation to civil actions. Peers also considered the introduction of slavery and trafficking prevention orders.
Modern Slavery Bill committee stage day one: Monday 1 December
Members of the Lords considered suggested changes relating to the offences of human trafficking and child exploitation. They also discussed a series of amendments covering the rights of victims of modern slavery, particularly concerning the duty of courts and public authorities.
Modern Slavery Bill second reading: Monday 17 November
Members of the Lords broadly welcomed the bill, but identified several areas for further consideration. These issues included:
- the role and responsibilities of new advocates for victims of child trafficking
- finding a balance between criminal justice and victim support
- increasing the number of convictions
- strengthening international efforts to tackle modern slavery.