The EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims gives victims certain legal rights to support. But at the moment, it is not clear whether these rights will continue to apply after the UK leaves the EU.
The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group of expert charities has said “Given the additional rights to support and assistance the EU Trafficking Directive provides to victims in England and Wales, rights which would be lost if the Directive is repealed post-Brexit, primary legislation must be introduced without delay to transpose the Directive’s support and protection provisions.”
The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill does this.
OTHER REASONS WHY WE NEED THE BILL