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Durham PCC Ron Hogg welcomes strengthened anti-slavery laws

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Durham PCC Ron Hogg welcomes strengthened anti-slavery laws

A new Bill announced during the Queen's Speech earlier this week has been welcomed by Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Ron Hogg.

The Modern Slavery Bill will be introduced to strengthen the powers to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking whilst improving support for victims of such crimes.

Mr Hogg said: "The introduction of the Bill will provide law enforcement with the stronger tools needed to stamp out modern slavery and will enhance protection of and support for victims. Victims of modern slavery will be supported through the criminal justice process and it will also increase the maximum sentence available for offenders to life imprisonment.

"Protecting those most vulnerable in our society is of the utmost importance and I am working closely with my counterparts for Cleveland and Northumbria towards tackling violence against women and girls."

Collectively the three PCCs launched the first ever regional strategy for the North East in December 2013. The strategy includes local and regional actions for domestic and sexual violence and abuse, human trafficking and sex work, forced marriage and so-called honour crimes, female genital mutilation and harassment and stalking.

Follow PCC Ron Hogg on Twitter: @RonaldHogg1, or for organisation updates: @DurhamPCC.

Posted on Friday 6th June 2014
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