The Home Secretary has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to stamp out modern slavery by announcing £8.5 million of funding to help law enforcement agencies to tackle this horrendous crime.

The funding, granted until 2018/19 following a bid to the Police Transformation Fund, will improve the country’s enforcement response to modern slavery by providing high quality intelligence and analysis to assess the threat at a national and regional level, and an improved operational response throughout the investigative process.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

Modern slavery is a barbaric crime which destroys the lives of the most vulnerable in our society. This government has taken world-leading action to tackle it, by strengthening the law enforcement response and increasing support and protection for victims, but we must do even more.