The government has announced the Modern Slavery Bill is set to become law after being accelerated through parliament.
Human trafficking campaigner and South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has heralded the passage of historic legislation to protect victims of modern slavery.
The MEP has worked with a number of charities to raise the issue of trafficking up the agenda and has made calls for an anti-trafficking Commissioner, and for victims of trafficking to be protected.
The Bill has three main areas, including:
- the protection of victims of modern slavery
- the establishment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner
- the creation of two new civil orders to prevent modern slavery.
Catherine Bearder commented: "This really is a historic day, I am absolutely delighted the Bill has been pushed through parliament.
"I'm proud that Lib Dems in government have really raised the issue of slavery and got this legislation through parliament, just in the nick of time.
"I'm delighted to see the Bill enshrines EU legislation to protect victims of trafficking, these people have been through the most horrendous experiences, but have often been treated as criminals.
"We now need to make sure we do everything we can as a nation to stamp this abhorrent crime out. And we can all play our part - human trafficking is happening in every town and village in the country - we all need to open our eyes to the signs."