Crucial new anti-slavery powers come into force

Key parts of the UK government’s landmark modern slavery legislation come into force across England and Wales today meaning offenders will face much tougher sentences when caught.

The Modern Slavery Act, given Royal Assent by the Queen in March this year, is the first dedicated piece of anti-slavery legislation across England and Wales for nearly 200 years.

Under the Act, the maximum custodial sentence for offenders rises from 14 years to life imprisonment.

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