Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received Royal Assent on Thursday 26 March 2015.


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The act will give law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery, ensure perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these appalling crimes and enhance support and protection for victims.

The act includes provisions to:

  • consolidate and simplify existing offences into a single act
  • ensure that perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these appalling crimes – including life sentences
  • introduce new orders to enhance the court’s ability to place restrictions on individuals where this is necessary to protect people from the harm caused by modern slavery offences
  • create an independent anti-slavery commissioner to improve and better coordinate the response to modern slavery
  • introduce a defence for victims of slavery and trafficking
  • place a duty on the secretary of state to produce statutory guidance on victim identification and victim services
  • enable the secretary of state to make regulations relating to the identification of and support for victims
  • make provision for independent child trafficking advocates
  • introduce a new reparation order to encourage the courts to compensate victims where assets are confiscated from perpetrators
  • close gaps in the law to enable law enforcement to stop boats where slaves are suspected of being held or trafficked
  • require businesses over a certain size threshold to disclose each year what action they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in their business or supply chains

The act is available on

These are a collection of documents relating to the act: