Businesses could be implicated in cases of human trafficking if they do not take the necessary steps to tackle exploitation, the Government will today warn.
At a conference on human trafficking, immigration minister Mark Harper will urge businesses to sign a business charter committing them to developing anti-human trafficking policies.
Speaking to a number of companies, he will ask them to ensure they and their suppliers do not use forced labour.
Mr Harper said: "Human trafficking is abhorrent and the UK Government is committed to combating this crime in all its forms."
A report from the inter-departmental ministerial group on human trafficking found that 946 potential victims of human trafficking were officially identified last year, of these, 234 were children.