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    Bristol City Council has teamed up with the TISC report in hopes of helping to end slavery.

    As the world’s largest open anti-slavery register, the TISC report hopes to provide readily available data on companies, and provide registered organisations with resources to help them comply with new legislation.

    Making the service free to Government and public sector bodies, the company is hoping that more local authorities like Bristol will come forward to encourage enforcement of the Modern Slavery Act established in 2015.

    50 per cent of all funds raised through the registry will go directly to helping victims of slavery and trafficking.

    “We are very proud to have developed a sustainable model that can do so much good in combatting slavery without having to go ‘cap in hand’ to the taxpayer and without diverting funds from frontline work,” said TISC report CEO Jaya Chakrabarti MBE. “The final deadline for this first year of required compliance is October 2017. Our system will provide an accessible, open platform to help achieve this goal.”

    In the 1700s, Bristol was known as the leading British port for slavery, an image that Mayor of the City of Bristol, Marvin Rees, is hoping to combat by teaming up with the registry.

    “We should not wait for the world to save itself,” said Mayor Rees. “It is for cities to set the example on things that matter, from climate change and inequality to the eradication of exploitation and slavery.”

    “Together with Bristol’s business community we will ensure that slavery has no place to hide in our city.”

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