Victims of trafficking empowered to seek compensation – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The employee had been allegedly trafficked from Nigeria to the UK by the employer to work illegally as an au pair (Hounga v Allen and another). The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, set aside an award of compensation granted in the employee’s favour for unlawful discrimination in relation to her dismissal by the employer, having held that the illegality of the contract of employment had formed a material part of the employee’s complaint and that to uphold it would be to condone the illegality. The employee appealed. The Supreme Court, allowing the appeal, held that it would be a breach of the UK’s international obligations under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings for its law to cause the employee’s complaint to be defeated by the defence of illegality. The case was remitted to the tribunal in respect of a complaint in relation to pre-dismissal harassment.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th August 2014

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Hounga (Appellant) v Allen and another (Respondents) – Supreme Court

Hounga (Appellant) v Allen and another (Respondents) [2014] UKSC 47 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 30th July 2014

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Hounga v Allen and another (Anti-Slavery International intervening) – WLR Daily

Hounga v Allen and another (Anti-Slavery International intervening) [2014] UKSC 47; [2014] WLR (D) 353

‘A claim for the statutory tort of discrimination in relation to dismissal by an employee who had entered the United Kingdom illegally was not barred by the defence of illegality in circumstances where the application of the defence would be an affront to the public policy of protecting the victims of human trafficking.’

WLR Daily, 30th July 2014

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Illegal immigrant Mary Hounga can claim discrimination, says landmark Supreme Court ruling – Daily Telegraph

‘Illegal immigrants are entitled to bring court actions against their employers for discrimination, the Supreme Court has said in a landmark judgment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2014

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Supreme Court set to rule on rights of trafficked Nigerian girl – The Independent

‘The UK’s highest court will rule on a landmark decision of whether illegal immigrants should be deprived of fundamental workers’ rights, following the appeal of a Nigerian national who was trafficked into the UK. Judges from the Supreme Court, including Britain’s most senior female judge Lady Hale, will deliver the verdict on Wednesday in a case which could set an important precedent for the rights of workers found to be treated as modern-day slaves.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2014

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Human trafficking gang jailed – BBC News

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in conspiracy, gangs, news, prostitution, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Four men and a woman have been jailed for conspiring to traffic women into the UK for sexual exploitation.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2014

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Peterborough ‘Facebook grooming’ sex attackers jailed – BBC News

‘Two sex attackers from Peterborough who targeted teenage girls via Facebook have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2014

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Dreams Come True charity: Human trafficker jailed for three years – The Independent

Posted June 19th, 2014 in news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A woman who trafficked vulnerable Lithuanian workers to Bristol locked them in a squalid house and forced them to hand out charity collection bags for little or no pay has been jailed for three years.’

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The Independent, 18th June 2014

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Slavery victims in Britain to be eligible for reparations from traffickers – The Guardian

‘Victims of “modern slavery” are to become eligible for compensation and reparations from their traffickers, in recognition of the exploitation and loss of dignity they have suffered, the home secretary, Theresa May, is to announce.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2014

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Woman guilty of luring ‘vulnerable’ girls into prostitution – BBC News

‘A woman who used drugs and alcohol to lure “weak and vulnerable” girls into a life of prostitution has been found guilty of running a child sex ring.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2014

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Human trafficking: exercise discretion on a case-by-case basis – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 21st, 2014 in bills, forced labour, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Slavery is a term of the highest evocative order. The almost universal abhorrence that this term elicits is due, in large part, to the imprint on the modern psyche caused, not by images of those responsible for the slave trade, but by images and tales of their victims.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 20th March 2014

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Home Secretary speech at National Crime Agency leadership event – Home Office

‘Speech given by Home Secretary Theresa May on 17 March 2014 at National Crime Agency leadership event.’

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Home Office, 18th March 2014

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Over 140 children identified as sex slaves in 2013 – The Independent

Posted February 18th, 2014 in children, news, statistics, trafficking in human beings, victims by sally

‘More than 140 children were identified as being trafficked for sexual abuse last year as the numbers of people rescued from being held as slaves soared by nearly half.’

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The Independent, 18th February 2014

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Derby human traffickers jailed for more than seven years – BBC News

Posted February 7th, 2014 in news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Two brothers have been jailed for trafficking 12 Czech and Slovak men into the UK to exploit them for wages and benefits.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2014

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Cellar girl case rapist Ilyas Ashar has sentence increased – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2014 in appeals, news, rape, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A couple who trafficked a 10-year-old girl to the UK and kept her as a servant for almost a decade have had their sentences increased.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2014

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Court of Appeal finds rape and human trafficking sentences unduly lenient -

Posted February 5th, 2014 in appeals, news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Manchester couple who kept vulnerable woman as unpaid domestic servant see sentences increased.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 4th February 2014

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Man and woman jailed for trafficking two prostitutes – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2014 in news, prostitution, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A man and a woman have been jailed for trafficking two Czech women to Cardiff to work as prostitutes.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2014

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Gang guilty of trafficking 50 women for sexual exploitation in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2014 in conspiracy, gangs, news, prostitution, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Five members of a prostitution racket, which flew more than 50 young women into the UK from Hungary and set them up in airport hotels, student accommodation and suburban homes, have been convicted of conspiring to traffic people into the UK for sexual exploitation.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2014

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Four jailed over human trafficking of woman to Kent – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2013 in conspiracy, news, rape, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Four people have been jailed for their role in the trafficking and sexual exploitation of an Eastern European woman brought into Kent.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2013

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Trafficking victims forced into crime are let down by police, report reveals – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2013 in children, crime, news, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘Trafficking victims who are forced into crime are being let down by the UK authorities, who are failing to stop them being prosecuted, a new report warns.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2013

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