Modern Slavery

Plenary on 2018-11-01
Session date: 
November 1, 2018
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In light of the murder of au pair Sophie Lionnet, who was starved to death in plain sight and then half-burnt in the back garden, what is being done to tackle modern slavery in the domestic setting, alongside work in respect of nail bars, car washes etc?


Answer for Modern Slavery

Answer for Modern Slavery

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Modern slavery and the trafficking of people are truly appalling crimes. Domestic servitude remains one of the most challenging crimes to detect and prevent due to the 'hidden element' of the offence. These crimes have no place in our city or anywhere else in the world which is why I committed to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery in my police and crime plan.

We have brought together more than two dozen groups and individuals as the London Modern Slavery Partnership Board; this is a problem-solving forum that meets quarterly. The aim is to reach out to those communities where there is a greater risk of servitude, where it isn't always recognised as a crime. It will also complement local and national campaigns encouraging the public to report concerns of modern slavery using the Modern Slavery Helpline. 

The board recently committed to address domestic servitude as a key concern through the launch of a focussed campaign to raise awareness and change the behaviour of potential perpetrators; this builds on work already in progress with specific communities.

We of course, continue to support the Met in the very important work they are doing to tackle the organised criminal networks so often behind trafficking and slavery, and their work with the Voluntary and Community Sector to identify the appropriate support for victims.