Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 comes into force


Human Rights at Sea, as a signatory to the UN Global Compact and supporter of all efforts to eradicate modern slavery, today reports that Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has come into force in English Law.

Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK independent anti-slavery commissioner, has written a letter addressed to all UK-based signatories of the UN Global Compact.


Last year the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which introduced my role as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC), received Royal Assent.

The act includes a number of wide reaching provisions bolstering the law enforcement response to human trafficking and modern slavery and strengthening victim support structures.

Today, on Friday 1st April, Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 comes into force, requiring businesses with a turnover of £36 million to publish annual statements indicating what their company is doing to ensure their supply chains are slavery free. Transparency is absolutely essential in tackling modern slavery crime.

Read Full Letter HERE


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