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UK gets first anti-slavery chief

Home Secretary Theresa May has appointed the UK's first independent anti-slavery commissioner.

Kevin Hyland, a former senior detective at the Metropolitan Police, has been given the role to spearhead the fight against modern slavery.

He will focus on strengthening law enforcement in the UK and abroad, as well as ensuring victims are identified and given the support they need.

Ms May said: "T he independent anti-slavery commissioner will play a crucial role in driving improvements in the law enforcement response to modern slavery and the protection of victims.

"I am grateful to Kevin Hyland for undertaking this challenging and exciting work and know that he will make a real difference. His background in dealing with some of the most serious modern slavery crimes as head of the Metropolitan Police's human trafficking unit makes him ideally suited to the task and I know he shares my determination to rid the UK of the evil of slavery."

Mr Hyland said: " I have seen first hand how modern slavery can devastate lives and rid people of their dignity and humanity.

"I am proud to take up this position to work in the interests of these brave victims and to prevent more people becoming victims in the first place."

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