A recent research report has suggested that employers are at risk of employing victims of modern slavery due to the complexity of the modern labour market. According to the report, current modern slavery checks are not “fit for purpose” as they fail to monitor workers throughout the “labour supply chain”.
The report follows statistics released by the National Crime Agency that showed 3,805 people were referred for help due to slavery and human trafficking concerns in the UK in 2016 – a 50% increase in referrals in the last three years.
The Home Office has published updated guidance on slavery and human trafficking in supply chains.
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