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Mandatory anti-slavery declarations risk becoming ‘box-ticking exercise’, say UK MPs

Exclusive: Criticism comes after it emerged ministers took assurances from one previously slavery-linked firm on trust

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Campaigners and MPs have said anti-slavery declarations made mandatory by Theresa May risk becoming “a pointless box-ticking exercise” after it emerged that ministers took assurances from one previously slavery-linked company on trust.

Ministers gave IGT, a US gaming corporation that is the technology partner to the national lottery operator, Camelot, a clean bill of health even though the company previously reported significant potential slavery risks in its supply chain and had not said whether these had been eliminated.

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