Modern slavery victims may face barriers to seeking justice while criminal gangs “evade punishment” under Priti Patel ’s immigration bill , cross-party MPs have warned.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has said the Nationality and Borders Bill could see government support removed from survivors of exploitation based on criminal acts they have been compelled to carry out.

Part 5 of the bill includes a series of changes to modern slavery support, which home secretary Priti Patel claims will prevent people from being able to “frustrate immigration action” by disclosing late in the process that they have suffered abuse.

The changes would mean any victim who has been sentenced to prison for more than 12 months anywhere in the world would be disqualified from modern slavery support in the UK, and that survivors would be given a defined period to disclose the abuse they have suffered.

The bill, which recently passed through the House of Commons and is due to go through the House of Lords next month, has already been criticised by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and senior police, as well as backbench Tory MPs including Iain Duncan Smith.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights warns in its new report that requiring victims to submit evidence of the abuse and exploitation they suffered within a defined period is “unfair” and risks the UK “failing to meet its obligations to combat slavery and human trafficking”.

Read the full article from The Independent below:

Source: Modern slavery victims may face barriers to justice under Priti Patel’s immigration bill, MPs warn

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By / Published On: December 21st, 2021 / Tags: , , , / Categories: Crime, News, Vulnerable Adults /

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