Theresa May hails Israel's war on slavery

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014
Theresa May

Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May has visited Israel to see how the country's approach to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking can benefit Britain.

Mrs May said the Israeli government's work on the issue was an "international success story", but warned that legislation alone could not solve the problem.

Britain has established anti-trafficking teams at borders and Mrs May discussed methods Israel has adopted to prosecute traffickers and provide shelter and support for victims.

She met former Knesset member Orit Zuaretz who is credited with leading initiatives to combat the trafficking of women, as well as civil rights groups and victims.

A Modern Slavery Bill, the first of its kind in Europe, is currently passing through Parliament.

Mrs May said: "My visit enabled me to see at first-hand how legislation helps to bring the people behind these terrible crimes to justice, and encourages victims to move forward with their lives."

During the trip on Monday and Tuesday the Home Secretary laid a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

Last updated: 5:13pm, July 3 2014