The name of the act conjures images of people physically restrained and forced into activities against their will. The reality however is that modern slavery offences can be committed in more subtle ways. Nathan Peacey, partner and specialist in regulatory work, considers how it can affect agriculture businesses.  In particular, if you are a farmer that engages migrant workers in low paid or piece rate work then care is required to avoid inadvertent offending.

 An offence can be committed by:

Holding another person in slavery or servitude.

Requiring another person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

Arranging or travel for a person with a view to them being exploited ("human trafficking").

Aiding and abetting one of the above.

Separately, the Act also requires commercial organisations with turnover exceeding £36m to prepare a "slavery and human trafficking statement" setting out the steps it takes to ensure slavery and trafficking does not occur in its supply chain or its own business. Although this will not be relevant to most readers, it is indicative of how the issue pervades the business community at large across the UK.

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