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Continue our campaigns to eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery

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We will continue our campaigns [...] to eradicate human trafficking and the scourge of modern slavery.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.53

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to continue efforts to eradicate modern slavery, which the government defines as including the crime of human trafficking.
  • In March 2020, the government issued the UK’s first Modern Slavery Statement which included 13 goals for government departments to be monitored by a ‘Modern Slavery and Procurement Implementation Group’, and in January 2021 an updated version of the statutory guidance on modern slavery was published.
  • The Modern Slavery Statement and measures resulting from it, along with the updates to statutory guidance, and many actions detailed in the 2020 UK Annual Report on Modern Slavery and the annual report of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, represent efforts “to eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery”.  The promise here is not to actually eradicate modern slavery but to “continue our campaigns”, so this policy is ‘done’.

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