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Gary Craig, Alex Balch, Hannah Lewis, and Louise Waite

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346791

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346791.001.0001

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Defeating ‘modern slavery’, reducing exploitation? The organisational and regulatory challenge

Defeating ‘modern slavery’, reducing exploitation? The organisational and regulatory challenge

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The Modern Slavery Agenda

Alex Balch

Policy Press

This chapter first charts the short history from the early anti-trafficking strategy put in place by the Labour government in 2007 through the changes and reorganisations of the subsequent 10 years, including the launch of the modern slavery strategy in 2015 under then Home Secretary May. While focusing on the impacts felt by workers in the UK, it also takes into account the position adopted by the UK in relation to international frameworks. The second section then focuses on the importance and potential impact of the creation of the most recent governance and enforcement structures — for example, the Director of Labour Market Enforcement and the evolution of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). As of May 2017, the GLA was rebranded as the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and has new powers to investigate serious exploitation across the whole UK labour market. The third section asks how we can best assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the modern slavery agenda.

Keywords:   anti-trafficking strategy, modern slavery strategy, UK government, Director of Labour Market Enforcement, Gangmasters Licensing Authority, UK labour market

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