425pc increase in modern slavery

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There has been a 425 per cent increase in the number of modern slavery act prosecution cases, according to the Ministry of Justice’s Criminal Justice System Statistics Quarterly report.

The number of companies being pursued legally has grown from 12 in 2015 to 51 in 2016. This included two brothers that were jailed for trafficking vulnerable men from Poland to work at a Sports Direct warehouse in Derbyshire.

The Modern Slavery Act, which requires companies with a turnover of £36 million or more to stop human exploitation in the company and its supply chain, launched back in 2015.

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