August 1, 2016

May is right to fight the scourge of modern slavery

May is right to fight the scourge of modern slavery

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.

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John Redwood MP
John Redwood MP
John Redwood is the Member of Parliament for Wokingham in Berkshire. He was formerly Secretary of State for Wales in Prime Minister John Major's Cabinet. He is currently Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party's Policy Review Group on Economic Competitiveness.
  • Woman at home

    Apparently it is. It is a byproduct of the authorities’ failure to uphold our laws on immigration.

  • Allyup

    How are you going to find out as slaves are not going to be allowed out to inform others of their predicament?

  • Bogbrush

    i remember thinking years ago that just as gangsters graduated from trafficking alcohol in the US, through prostituion, gambling and drugs, that eventually they’d find their way to people trafficking and slavery. Mrs May is going to have a job in her hands but it’s a worthy one.

    I just hope she doesn’t handicap herself by imagining that there’s no religion or ethnic dimension to it, and waste time harassing the thousands of normal firms run by people steeped in the culture of this country.

  • janetjH

    Your comment is racist

  • literate3

    Well said! I hope that some of those who assumed that it was a made-up fuss by “lefties” will think again now that a towering intellect from the right-of-centre has spoken out publically.

    Even one would be too many.

  • EppingBlogger

    It would be a shocking one to have, but is this really an issue in Britain. I suspect it is another displacement activity which politicians love so they don’t have to keep answering the questions the voters want resiolved.

  • Cis

    Any endorsement of acceptance of slavery should be rooted out too.

    For example, the Cardiff imam who confirmed that Islamic warriors are entitled to enslave captured women, and to have sex with them as they are entitled to with their wives (who, of course, are not held in any form of servitude).

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