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Signatories are calling on ministers to amend the Modern Slavery Act so businesses will be required to upload their statements to a central database

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The Modern Slavery Act shone a spotlight on the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking when it was written into UK law two years ago. But what effect has it had so far?

The Salvation Army claim that the numbers represent a growth in crime but “also the identification process”

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How often do you consider that the person washing your car, or painting your nails, or working in the farm near to your home, or working in the construction site next to your office could be a victim of modern slavery? The chance that a person going about their daily lives in the UK will come across a victim of modern slavery is growing, according to the National Crime Agency.

There are still an estimated 10-13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK

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Around 93,000 people are sexually exploited in European hotels annually, while a further 4,500 are exploited for labour

UK hotel group launches comprehensive anti-slavery programme

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The Body Shop outlines commitment to Modern Slavery Act

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