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PM May committed to tackling modern slavery

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:02 GMT, Sep 20, 2016 |
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Theresa May, the prime minister of the United Kingdom said in a roundtable discussion that it was important to deal “with the terrible crime of slavery” on Monday (September 19).

Speaking across the street from the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), May said: “I think everybody around the table is committed to dealing with the terrible crime of slavery that we see around the world and everybody has been looking at this issue in a variety of ways. I think it’s particularly important that we deal with this issue because it’s suffering that we see, to too many people.”

The 2015 Modern Slavery Act, pioneered by May in her previous role as interior minister, showed that in 2015, 40 percent more victims had been identified and 14 percent more slavery offenses had been prosecuted.

Nearly 46 million people are enslaved globally, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, which estimated there were 11,700 victims living in Britain.