The Prime Minister is right to fight to end the scourge of modern slavery, says John Redwood MP.
I was surprised some people are complaining about Mrs Mays determination to end modern slavery. I think it is an important priority and one I support wholeheartedly.
We hear that too many people are brought into the UK illegally by people traffickers. Too many are employed for wages below the legal minimum. Too many are made to work in unsafe or demeaning activities. Too many are locked into high rents for cramped or unsuitable accommodation. Indeed, one in such conditions would be one too many.
Surely it is a central task of government to stop illegal entry into the UK? It is also important to stop or prosecute landlords who break rules over numbers of people in a property, fail to connect a property to proper utility services, who break planning laws or otherwise take rent off people without providing decent and legal accommodation.
It is important to stop or prosecute employers who violate health and safety standards deliberately, who employ illegal migrants knowingly, who fail to pay the minimum wage, or who coerce employees with penal service and rent contracts as a mandatory part of their employment.
All these practises are bad for the people trafficked, and bad for our society receiving them. We read that there are too many people living in sheds or sleeping in shifts in small properties with far too many sharing, working in coercive work forces for very little, without legal papers to be here at all. It is the government’s job to find them if this is true and take action to prevent more coming here in modern slavery.
This trade in people is a scourge of the modern world. I am glad the government wants to take a leading role in closing down these profiteers from misery. We don’t want them or their activities in the UK.