About the Bill

Making the Overseas Domestic Worker visa work better for victims

Some victims of human trafficking are overseas domestic workers (ODWs) who are granted a special visa to come to the UK as domestic staff, often for wealthy foreign or diplomatic families.

In the Modern Slavery Act a special visa was created for these victims if they can find another position as a domestic worker. But they can only do this after the NRM process has confirmed they are a victim. Victims are not entitled to any financial (or other) support while they look for that new job leaving them at significant risk of homelessness and destitution in the meantime. The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill will give them time to consider their options, time to find a new position in domestic service if that is what they want or to access other services if they are not physically or psychologically ready to go back into domestic service.

OTHER REASONS WHY WE NEED THE BILL