The Modern Slavery Bill is designed to help eradicate the plight of 20-30 million people around the world trapped in forced labor, human trafficking, and other forms of slavery, including the worst forms of child labor.
The petition also demands a Transparency in Supply Chains (UK) Bill to have companies show what steps they are taking to eliminate all forms of slavery, making it so that consumers can buy goods that are guaranteed slavery-free.
Mike Pilavachi of Soul Survivor commented:
"Many great movements have had young people at the forefront and it's inspiring to see so many standing up against the injustice of modern-day slavery. It is our job to keep fighting on behalf of the poor, marginalised, downtrodden and forgotten.
Christians are called to love God and love their neighbours and these young people are showing us the way forward. Thank you so much to the 9,000 people who signed. Together we have made our voices heard and we'll keep finding ways to make a stand for those who are voiceless."
The petition signed by 9,000 young Christians was handed in to Home Secretary Theresa May last month. She responded,
"Modern-day slavery is one of the greatest evils of our time and requires everyone to make a stand for freedom and fight for justice on behalf of the millions who are trapped.
That is why I am introducing a Modern Slavery Bill and, with the help of young people like these, we will redouble our efforts to end slavery.
Thank you to the thousands of young people from Soul Action for ensuring that the voices of the enslaved are not lost."