• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Human traffickers face life

A new Government bill on modern-day slavery introduces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for human trafficking, in a bid to clamp down on a problem which is believed to have increased in recent years.

The draft Modern Day Slavery Bill sets out the Government's plans to tackle the problem of people being trafficked into the UK, pulling together into a single act the offences used to prosecute slave-drivers.

Home Secretary Theresa May said it was impossible to know exactly how many people are being held in conditions of servitude, but referrals to official agencies suggest that the numbers are growing. It is hoped the changes in the bill will increase the number of prosecutions from the single figures seen in recent years.

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

200433