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Modern Slavery is the term used within the UK and is defined within the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Act categorises offences of Slavery, Servitude and Forced or Compulsory Labour and Human Trafficking.

These crimes include holding a person in a position of slavery , servitude forced or compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them soon after.

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires certain organisations to develop a slavery and human trafficking statement each year. The slavery and human trafficking statement should set out what steps organisations have taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business or supply chains

In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Dudley MBC makes the following statement in relation to the financial year 2018/19 to prevent, where possible, Modern Slavery (i.e. slavery and human trafficking), taking place in any part of its own business or any of its supply chains.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our services and activities and to doing all that we reasonably can to ensure that our supply chains are taking all necessary measures to mitigate the risk from slavery and human trafficking

This policy and statement sets out the Council’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks relating to our services. We are confident that steps outlined in our action plan will address the Council’s commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking.

For more information on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking please visit Dudley Safe and Sound