Firms could be implicated in human trafficking cases

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.

Immigration minister: "Human trafficking is abhorrent" Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

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.