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Life sentences for traffickers in new slavery bill

New anti-slavery laws that will see human traffickers given maximum life sentences in jail are published today, the Home Office has confirmed.

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Charity: UK needs 'more victim support for slaves'

New anti-slavery measures may not go far enough, a charity which rescues victims of human trafficking has suggested.

Hope for Justice founder Ben Cooley said the The Modern Slavery Bill was "critical" to ending slavery in the UK, more needed to be done for victims so they "don't disappear" underground.

We've learnt from experience that victim welfare is inextricably linked to the prosecution of perpetrators.

When victims are supported from rescue right through to the courtroom, their testimonies make all the difference in seeing justice served.

Sadly, we don't always see that happen in the UK and Hope for Justice exists to stand in those gaps.

This Bill is a critical step towards ending slavery in our country but going forwards we must all ensure that victims are supported so they don't disappear on the other side of initial after-care provision just to be re-trafficked.

– Hope for Justice founder Ben Cooley

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