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PM Theresa May's pledge to fight modern-day slavery

By PA Political Staff

Published 13/10/2016

Princess Eugenie lays a wreath at Westminster Abbey in London during a service to commemorate the work of William Wilberforce
Princess Eugenie lays a wreath at Westminster Abbey in London during a service to commemorate the work of William Wilberforce

Modern-day slavery will require concerted international action if it is to be tackled successfully, Theresa May has said.

At a service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the abolitionist William Wilberforce, the Prime Minister pledged to put Britain at the forefront of the fight to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Wilberforce's campaigning led to the passing of the Slave Trade Act of 1807, and Mrs May said the Modern Slavery Act, which came into force last year, meant that Britain now had some of the toughest penalties anywhere in the world.

She added: "We will work tirelessly, relentlessly pursuing the perpetrators of these appalling crimes so that victims of slavery can go free."

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