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Modern slavery

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19 December 2017

Explanatory guidance for sentencing offences of sexual exploitation under section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has now been included in the Sexual Offences guidelines:

The Sexual Offence guidelines published by the Sentencing Council in 2014 include a guideline for sentencing the offence of trafficking people for sexual exploitation. This offence was created by s59A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has since repealed section 59A of the Sexual Offences Act, however the sentencing guideline may still be of use for sentencing cases of sexual exploitation prosecuted under section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The Council has added explanatory guidance to the existing sentencing guideline to assist parties wishing to use the guideline for this purpose. In addition, Annex A of the Sexual Offences guideline provides a list of ancillary orders that can be made when sentencing a relevant sexual offence. This Annex has been amended to include relevant orders that can be made under the Modern Slavery Act.

The trafficking for sexual offences guideline appears at page 99, and the Annex is at page 153, of the Sexual Offences guideline.