Home Secretary announces UK funding to tackle modern slavery

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The UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, addressed the Santa Marta Group Conference this morning (27 October) and set out the UK government’s position on human trafficking and modern slavery.

“Modern slavery is a stain on our society. It’s an evil in our midst and it’s happening here and now. In nail bars, on high streets, behind plain front doors where women are imprisoned for sexual exploitation. In fields where people are forced into back-breaking agricultural labour.

“My Prime Minister has called it the ‘greatest human rights issue of our time’ and she made it her priority to do everything she could to eradicate it.

“This is now my priority and I know it is yours as well.”

The Home Secretary affirmed the UK government’s commitment of £33.5m of oversees aid funding to tackling this terrible crime at the root causes.

Ms Rudd then announced how the money would be spent:

£11m will form a dedicated modern slavery innovation fund to support, trial and test innovative ways to tackle the scourge of human slavery overseas.

£3m dedicated child trafficking protection fund to reduce the vulnerability of children at risk of being trafficked or re-trafficked.

£8.5m to transform the police response in the UK to this inhuman organised crime.