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MPs’ lack of concern about contemporary slavery

24 April 2015


From Pamela Lighthill

Sir, - How can MPs possibly justify their rejection of amendments to the Modern Slavery Bill, as proposed by the House of Lords (News, 27 March)?

Without these amendments, a domestic worker brought to this country by his or her employer on a tied visa has little choice but to stay with that employer, who may keep him or her in conditions of abject slavery.

A worker who is aware of having no prospect of staying in the UK, should he or she succeed in running away from that job and finding alternative employment, is likely to submit to a life of long hours, little food, exclusion from society, and physical abuse.

Tied visas were introduced by this Government in 2012. Can this really be called a Christian country? Does the coalition Government or, for that matter, the Opposition only pay lip service to the idea of ending slavery in the 21st century? Why do we not hear more about justice for the oppressed in the election debates?

Pamela Lighthill

41A Coniston Road,London N10 2BL

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