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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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'Landmark' anti-slavery 'tougher on slave-drivers'

Home Secretary Theresa May said the new anti-slavery laws published today will enable the government to get much tougher on slave-drivers, in both charges and sentencing.

Mrs May said the legislation was "landmark" within Europe, and an important step in creating greater penalties for those who profit from the trafficking of people, but that the government still does not know the full extent of the issue.

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