31 July 2015
Key parts of new legislation to combat slavery in the UK - including life sentences for those guilty of people trafficking - have come into force in England and Wales.
The Modern Slavery Act has increased the maximum custodial sentence for offenders from 14 years to life.
It also gives courts powers to impose orders to restrict the activities of suspected traffickers.
Anne Read, of the Salvation Army, said thousands remain trapped in slavery.
The new legislation also gives victims extra protection against prosecutions for offences committed as part of their exploitation and provides slavery victims access to civil legal aid.
Powers to encourage reparation orders, for courts to use seized assets from perpetrators to compensate victims, have also come into force.
The bill - which was given Royal Assent in March - aims to consolidate offences used to prosecute those who enslave others into a single act.
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