Modern Slavery victim support amendment rejected by MPsHuman Trafficking
Late yesterday in the House of Commons, MPs rejected an amendment to the Nationality and Borders Bill which would give confirmed modern slavery victims 12 months tailored support.
Amendment 26B was tabled by Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith and was eventually rejected by 296-184 votes. The same amendment was passed by Peers just weeks ago.
CARE strongly supports the aims of the amendment. Modern slavery victims need long-term support if they’re to rebuild their lives.
Although the outcome is far from ideal, there has been progress with the Government saying it will introduce guidance on giving 12 months tailored support for confirmed victims in certain circumstances.
As the Nationality and Borders Bill has been going through parliament, CARE’s worked with Peers and MPs to make the case for enshrining 12 months support in law, rather than just in guidance which is considerably weaker.
Speaking during the debate, Duncan Smith explained why the current arrangements fall short of what’s needed:
He went on to argue that giving victims 12 months support will in the long run increase prosecution levels:
Commenting, CARE’s Director of Communications and Engagement, James Mildred said: