Commenting on a Home Office report into "the economic and social costs of modern slavery" Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:
“Today’s Home Office report lays bare the huge costs of modern slavery to both our society and our economy.
“The extent of slavery in the UK today rightly appals us. Theresa May once called it ‘the great human rights issue of our time’, but many of her own policies are now undermining efforts to tackle it.
“The Conservatives’ ‘hostile environment’ policies, cuts to the police and the Border Force, and their insistence on a destructive hard Brexit, all make it more difficult to protect victims and put traffickers behind bars.
“Liberal Democrats demand better in the fight against modern slavery. I call on Theresa May to abandon these harmful policies so we can end slavery in the UK once and for all.”