The hard work and determination of the APPG and its members culminated in the adoption of the Modern Slavery Act, which received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and entered into force on 31 July 2015. The APPG played a signifcant role in shaping the provisions of the Act which, along with the legislation adopted by the devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland, represents a defining moment in the UK's approach to addressing human trafficking. As the provisions of the Act begin to enter into force, the APPG will work to ensure that their implementation effectively secures the best possible protection for victims of human trafficking.
The APPG has seen numourous other important developments since being established in 2006. In recognition of the need for an approach which extends beyond the confines of our own borders, the APPG has established a pan-European network of parliamentarians with the objective of ensuring that governments throughout the EU do more to tackle human trafficking.
In 2010, a Private Members Bill introduced by the founder of the APPG, Anthony Steen, was passed to create Anti-Slavery Day in the UK on 18 October. This Day coincides with the EU Anti-Trafficking Day and serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention upon the work which must be done to eradicate modern slavery.
In 2014, the UK Government published its Modern Slavery Strategy. The Strategy details the measures to be taken by various Governmental departments and partners in the UK and internationally. At the heart of the Strategy are the 'four Ps': Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare. One area of particular interest within the Strategy is the review of the National Referral Mechanism, the system of identifying and offering support to survivors of modern slavery.
The Strategy has since been followed by the adoption of the Modern Slavery Act. However, these are merely important first steps. The APPG must now work to ensure that they are implemented effectively.
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Martin-Luther King Jnr