Modern Slavery and human trafficking are horrendous crimes and affect some of the most vulnerable people in society, both in London and across the world. As such, the Mayor made a clear commitment in his Police and Crime Plan to support multi-agency partnerships tackling modern slavery and trafficking in the Capital.
London Modern Slavery Partnership Board
The Mayor is aware of the good work going on across London on this area but also the need for city wide coordination. Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has now established the London Modern Slavery Partnership Board. This Board convenes senior partners from across sectors to work collectively; sharing intelligence and best practice, developing whole-system approaches, and pooling resources to target our response. This way, we can target sites across London where slavery and labour exploitation is conducted in plain view — at street-based pick-up points for white vans, in the car parks of some trading estates and at small-scale refurbishments.
This Board met for the first time on 26 June 2017 and will continue to meet on a quarterly basis, commissioning action groups to deliver focussed pieces of thematic work focussing on identified gaps in delivery.
We are clear that it will require commitment from a range of agencies and partners in London to affect real improvements in London for victims of these horrific crimes.
Notes of the meetings are published below.