During a Prime Ministerial statement on the G20 Summit to the House of Commons, Erewash MP Maggie Throup questioned the Prime Minister on what progress had been made in the global effort to irradiate Modern Slavery.
As Home Secretary, the new Prime Minister Theresa May successfully navigated the 2015 Modern Slavery Act through Parliament which is acknowledged as the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
Following the Prime Minister’s G20 Statement Maggie asked:
“I congratulate my right hon. Friend on taking the opportunity at the G20 summit to raise the issue of modern slavery. Will she outline what further steps can be taken to engage with countries around the world to eradicate this evil practice?”
To which The Prime Minister replied:
“I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising the hugely important issue of modern slavery, which is a heinous crime that we need to do more about. I have been encouraging people in other countries to look at the initiative we have taken through legislation—our Modern Slavery Act 2015 is the first of its kind. There is more we can do through law enforcement and other Government agencies working together to ensure that we stamp out the organised crime groups that are behind this terrible crime. In doing that, however, we must never forget that modern slavery takes place here in the UK and that UK individuals are taken into slavery as well. We must not simply think of this as a global issue. We need to act globally, but we need to act locally as well.”