Anti-slavery powers come into force in England and Wales – BBC News

‘Key parts of new legislation to combat slavery in the UK – including life sentences for those guilty of people trafficking – have come into force in England and Wales.

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BBC News, 31st July 2015

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Regina v Ali (Yasir) and another – WLR Daily

Regina v Ali (Yasir) and another [2015] EWCA Crim 1279; [2015] WLR (D) 327

‘A car journey of a few miles constituted “travel”, within section 58(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, for the purposes of the offence of trafficking within the United Kingdom for sexual exploitation.’

WLR Daily, 17th July 2015

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Theresa May unlawfully detained potential trafficking victims, court rules – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2015 in detention, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, failed to protect three potential victims of trafficking who were locked up in an immigration detention centre, a high court judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2015

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Sex gang victim escapes six years of exploitation to see captors jailed – The Independent

‘Members of an international sexual exploitation ring were jailed on Thursday after one victim escaped and told police of her horrific six-year ordeal at their hands.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2015

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‘Shaming failure’ to protect Eccles cellar girl – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2015 in news, reports, social services, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A girl who was kept in a cellar and repeatedly raped was the victim of a “shaming failing” by those who should have protected her, a report has said. An independent review published by Salford Safeguarding Board said it was “difficult to think of a more vulnerable child”.’

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BBC News, 8th June 0215

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Unlawful for Home Office to ignore expert evidence in trafficking decisions – Free Movement

‘The Administrative Court last week (22.5.15) handed down judgment in the case of R (on the application of AB) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 1490 (Admin), quashing a decision not to recognize AB as a victim of human trafficking for the purposes of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking (CAT), and mandating that the Secretary of State remake that decision.’

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Free Movement, 27th May 2015

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Human Rights Act: What has it done for us? – The Independent

‘The Conservatives want to replace it. Here are five things it has implemented for good.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2015

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Man found guilty in Southampton slavery case – The Guardian

‘A man has escaped a jail sentence despite being convicted for using “degrading, controlling and bullying” behaviour to force another man to work for him.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2015

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Modern Slavery Act 2015—the first steps in the right direction – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 5th, 2015 in legislation, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) was one of the last bills to receive Royal Assent before Parliament was dissolved for the election. Schona Jolly, head of her chambers at Cloisters’ human rights group, considers the new law and its shortfalls.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 1st May 2015

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Home Office ordered to bring back migrant mother and five-year-old son deported to Nigeria – The Independent

‘The Home Office has been ordered to arrange for a deported migrant family to be returned to Britain from Nigeria – in a landmark ruling that threatens to undermine the Government’s “deport first, appeal later” policy.

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The Independent, 22nd April 2015

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Peterborough grooming trial: Mohammed Khubaib guilty of sex offences on girls – BBC News

Posted April 14th, 2015 in news, rape, sexual grooming, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A married restaurant owner with a “persistent and almost predatory interest” in girls has been found guilty of rape and grooming offences.’

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BBC News, 13th April 2015

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Married couple who lured Romanian teenager to UK and then forced her into prostitution jailed – The Independent

Posted April 13th, 2015 in news, prostitution, rape, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A married couple who lured a teenager from Romania to the UK with the promise of a babysitting job but then raped her and forced her into prostitution have been jailed.’

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The Independent, 11th April 2015

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Tackling trafficking: beyond criminalisation – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has rightly drawn attention to the issue of trafficking, its role in the modern world and its prevalence in the United Kingdom. It ties together previously piecemeal legislation and creates specific criminal offences of slavery and human trafficking. Yet, to make a practical difference the legislation must go beyond criminalisation. Does the Modern Slavery Act do enough?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st March 2015

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Modern Slavery Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 1st, 2015 in legislation, trafficking in human beings by sally

Modern Slavery Act 2015 published

Full text of Act

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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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