In response to the announcement of the Modern Slavery Bill in today’s Queen’s Speech, Anita Tiessen, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF UK, said:
“UNICEF UK welcomes the announcement of the Modern Slavery Bill in the Queen's Speech today and the cross-party support to combat trafficking and protect the victims of modern slavery.
“The Bill offers a rare opportunity for those in power to help the most vulnerable and hidden members of our society – trafficked children – not only by closing the gaps in our existing laws but also by making sure protection and support for child victims sit at the heart of efforts to end this appalling crime.
“We applaud the positive steps taken by the Government over the past few months to strengthen the Bill's focus on victims. It is now critical that the Bill drives a radical shift in our approach to supporting trafficked children so that no child who suffers at the hands of traffickers lacks the support, services, advice and certainty they need to rebuild their lives.”
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