Phil Wilson

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Tackling Modern Day Slavery

Local MP Phil Wilson plays a part in development of new legislation to tackle Human Traficking

slaves.jpgMany of us wonder what MP’s get up to when they are in Westminster, well this week one of our local MP’s Phil Wilson has been working with government to intruduce legislation that will tackle modern day slavery. He says

“The introduction of a Modern Day Slavery Bill in tackling the heinous crime of human trafficking has been welcomed by Labour although we feel the current bill that has been debated in Parliament this week, does not go far enough in protecting victims of this crime, particuarly the type of victims we are aware of in the North East who are British nationals being exploited by individuals and gangs.

After pressure from Labour, the Government have though brought forward some significant amendments around things like supply chains, which we welcome.

There has been an increasing awareness that slavery and forced Labour are increasingly linked to the production of goods for major UK companies, we’ve seen:

-          1200 people killed in the collapse of the Rana Plaza, many of whom were making clothes for UK stores.

-          Prawn fisherman who were held in a lifetime of slavery, reinforced by routine murder, sometimes committed by tying people between boats and tearing them apart.

-          Small children being paid pennies a day to sew sequins on children’s clothes

While most large retailers claim to be implementing policies to tackle this, it is hard to see real progress or for consumers to judge between companies. Labour want to introduce mandatory standards for reporting where goods from and for companies to ensure slave free supply chains, forcing them to adopt standard procedures that will restrict demands for slaves across the world.

This is good news and I can ensure the public that Labour will continue its pressure to ensure this bill really delivers and brings about the changes necessary to stamp out modern day slavery.”


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