Serious case review slams police failure in serial abuse of Oxford girls – The Guardian

‘More than 300 young people have been groomed and sexually exploited by gangs of men in Oxfordshire in the past 15 years, a damning report into the failures of police and social services to stop years of sexual torture, trafficking and rape will reveal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2015

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Al-Malki and another v Reyes and another (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and others intervening) – WLR Daily

Al-Malki and another v Reyes and another (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and others intervening) [2015] EWCA Civ 32; [2015] WLR (D) 75

‘A contract of employment between a serving diplomatic agent and a domestic worker in his official diplomatic residence was not to be characterised as “commercial activity” which the diplomatic agent exercised in the jurisdiction outside of his “official functions”, so that in a claim under the contract the agent was not deprived of his immunity from civil suit by the employee since such a dispute did not come within the exception to diplomatic immunity under article 31.1(c) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), scheduled to the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964.’

WLR Daily, 5th February 2015

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Fake pregnancy woman found guilty of child smuggling – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2015 in adoption, children, news, pregnancy, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A woman who faked her own pregnancy after years of infertility has been convicted of smuggling a child into Britain after apparently buying it from a Nigerian “baby farm” and passing it off as her own.’

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The Independent, 6th February 2015

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Female detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated, claims report – The Guardian

‘Women detained in the Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre are routinely humiliated by male staff who monitor them while they are dressing, showering and using the toilet, or are naked in their rooms, a report into the treatment of female asylum seekers reveals. The report, by the charity Women for Refugee Women, noted that many female asylum seekers detained at Yarl’s Wood, in Bedfordshire, have been victims of sexual violence in their home countries.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2015

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London ‘slavery’ case: CPS charges Aravindan Balakrishnan – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2014 in child cruelty, false imprisonment, news, rape, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A Maoist activist accused of keeping three women in domestic servitude for 30 years has been charged with 25 offences including rape and child cruelty.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2014

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Review of the national referral mechanism for victims of human trafficking – Home Office

Posted November 12th, 2014 in reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘In April 2014 the Home Secretary commissioned a review of the National Referral Mechanism to establish whether it provides an effective and efficient means of supporting and identifying potential victims of human trafficking and whether it can, or should, cover all victims of Modern Slavery. The final report of the review of the National Referral Mechanism has now been published.’

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Home Office, 12th November 2014

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‘Juju’ sex trafficker Lizzy Idahosa jailed for eight years – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2014 in news, prostitution, sentencing, trafficking in human beings, witchcraft by sally

‘A woman who was found guilty of trafficking two women from Nigeria to the UK to work in the sex trade has been jailed for eight years.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2014

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Modern slavery bill is ‘lost opportunity’, says human trafficking adviser – The Guardian

‘The government’s modern slavery bill is a “lost opportunity,” the home secretary’s former special envoy for human trafficking has warned. Anthony Steen, who advised on the legislation and chairs the Human Trafficking Foundation, said the bill, which will be debated in parliament on Tuesday for its third reading, had “yawning gaps”, and failed to focus on the needs of victims of trafficking in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2014

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Cellar slave girl: Salford couple must pay victim £100,000 – BBC News

‘A deaf girl from Pakistan kept as a slave for nine years by a millionaire couple from Salford is to receive £100,000 in compensation.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2014

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European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us? – The Independent

‘As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2014

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Interim review of the national referral mechanism for victims of human trafficking – Home Office

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in forced labour, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The national referral mechanism is a multi-agency victim identification and support process.’

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Home Office, 2nd October 2014

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Five jailed in Sheffield teenager sex abuse and trafficking case – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual grooming, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Five men have been given jail sentences totalling more than 28 years after a 13-year-old girl who ran away from home was trafficked for sex while she was missing for more than a week, police said.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2014

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Modern Slavery Bill: factsheets – Home Office

Posted August 29th, 2014 in bills, forced labour, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘These factsheets set out how the measures in the Modern Slavery Bill will help stamp out modern slavery.’

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Home Office, 29th August 2014

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Victim of trafficking can claim compensation despite illegal entry to UK – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Supreme Court has ruled that victims may in some circumstance recover damages from their traffickers. Overturning the judgment of the Court of Appeal that the illegality of the underlying contract ruled out the claim for compensation, the majority held that to permit the trafficker to escape liability would be “an affront” to public policy. The judgment has far reaching implications in this area because, by its very nature, human trafficking often involves illegality.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th August 2014

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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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