The Modern Slavery Act 2015
Last updated 14/07/2021
This page tells you about the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The Modern Slavery Act received royal assent on 26 March 2015 since which time the majority of provisions in that act have come into force in England and Wales. This includes a number of provisions extending existing support for victims of human trafficking to victims of slavery, servitude and forced and compulsory labour.
These provisions apply to England and Wales only. Further details can be found in this circular on the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
A number of similar measures were introduced in Northern Ireland through the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015.
The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 1 October 2015.