Modern Slavery Act
It will take longer, reap humbler rewards and offer fewer headline opportunities. But such an approach will make justice about the people who are innocent as much as those who are guilty. Slavery, after all, doesn't end in the siren-lights of a police raid.
There are gaps that need filling and this will take vast resource and resolve. The UK Prime Minister has called this 'the great human rights issue of our time' and it is my hope that defeating this will be one of the greatest achievements of our time.
On the face of it, a construction site, nail bar, car wash or cannabis farm don't have much in common, do they? Well, the answer is more than you might think, as they're all industries that are implicated in modern day slavery.
In March 2016 Section 54 of the UK's Modern Slavery Act - Transparency in Supply Chains etc. (TISC) provision took effect. It required businesses with a global turnover of £36 million or more and doing business in the UK to publish an annual statement about their efforts to tackle slavery in supply chains and their own organisation.
When we think of those who are behind the heinous crime of modern slavery, we imagine ruthless criminals - traffickers who manipulate, abuse and exploit their victims; slave masters who withhold wages while forcing employers to work in inconceivable conditions. This is an accurate picture. But we must keep in mind that business leaders, unaware though they may be, often play a part.
We should pause and celebrate the United Kingdom's Modern Slavery Act. We should then commit to the hard work of ensuring that we use what we have, the powers, the reporting mechanisms, the further protection of victims and we should be thankful. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. And as for the 5%, we will get there eventually.
Today marks a key point in the fight against slavery in the UK. With the Modern Slavery Act coming into force, law enforcement will have greater powers to target and prosecute traffickers and additional protection will be provided to the victims of this brutal crime.