UK sentencing guidelines for modern slavery offences published – OUT-LAW.com

‘The publication of new sentencing guidelines for modern slavery offences should bring home to UK businesses the continued focus on modern slavery by law enforcement bodies, a legal expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th August 2021

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Modern slavery offences sentencing guidelines published – Sentencing Council

‘We have published new sentencing guidelines for sentencing offenders convicted of modern slavery offences in England and Wales, following consultation. The new guidelines will give judges and magistrates dedicated guidelines to follow when sentencing offenders guilty of offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, including slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, and trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.’

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Sentencing Council, 12th August 2021

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Home Office challenged over ‘sped-up’ removal of Vietnamese nationals – The Guardian

‘Lawyers are challenging the Home Office policy of deporting people to Vietnam who could be victims of trafficking after the UK sent a second charter flight to the country within a matter of weeks.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2021

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What Are Reparations And What Forms Can They Take? – Each Other

‘With Jamaica preparing to ask for reparations from Britain for the Atlantic slave trade, EachOther asks what this could look like?’

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Each Other, 29th July 2021

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Operation Fort: Three gang members convicted of human trafficking – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three pivotal members of the largest human trafficking ring ever exposed in the UK have been convicted of people trafficking offences that involved vulnerable victims being intimidated and exploited, having their wages funnelled in to bank accounts controlled by members of the gang and being paid only paltry sums in return for their labours.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th June 2021

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

UK legislation proposed to tackle modern slavery – OUT-LAW.com

‘A private members’ bill seeking to address modern slavery, including establishing minimum standards of transparency in supply chains, has been introduced to the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd June 2021

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Workers watchdog launched to clamp down on abuse – BBC News

Posted June 8th, 2021 in employment, enforcement, forced labour, news, remuneration, sanctions by sally

‘The government has announced the creation of a new workers’ watchdog to take over protecting the rights of UK workers.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2021

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The Times, They Are A-Changin’ [Again] – Carmelite Chambers

‘For those practitioners who thought that a positive decision from the Single Competent Authority as to whether a defendant was a victim of trafficking is admissible, having been settled since early 2020 with the Divisional Court decision in DPP v M [2020] EWHC 344 Admin, well…think again.’

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Carmelite Chambers, 20th May 2021

Source: www.carmelitechambers.co.uk

More trafficking victims facing forcible removal from UK under rule change – The Guardian

‘More victims of trafficking will be locked up in detention and forcibly removed from the UK after MPs approved a change in Home Office rules relating to this vulnerable group, campaigners have warned.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2021

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‘A hugely retrograde step’: Cross-party MPs attack Home Office plans to lock up more trafficking survivors – The Independent

‘Cross-party MPs have attacked Home Office plans that will see more trafficking survivors locked up in immigration detention and threatened with removal, warning that it is a “hugely retrograde step”.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2021

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Home Office ‘presenting opinion as fact’ on immigration issues, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘Prominent barristers have accused the Home Office of misleading the public on immigration issues in the UK in breach of the civil service code and equating “child rapists” with “failed asylum seekers”.’

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The Independent, 29th March 2021

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Slavery survivors moved ‘without notice, without reason’ in London lockdown – The Guardian

‘Modern slavery survivors with young children were among refugees allegedly forced to move accommodation in London with as little as one day’s notice during coronavirus lockdowns this winter.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2021

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Three victims of trafficking and modern slavery to sue Biffa – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2021 in forced labour, news, trafficking in human beings, victims, waste by tracey

‘Three victims of trafficking and modern slavery who were subcontracted to sort rubbish for the national waste and recycling firm Biffa Waste Services are to launch legal proceedings to sue the firm for damages.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2021

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What Should Reparations For Slavery Look Like? – Each Other

‘The debate around reparations for colonialism and slavery has often been an explosive one. It is often dismissed as far removed from reality, relating to events in the distant past. But the legacy and consequences of colonialism are material, living, and breathing – which makes debates around colonial restitution as relevant now as they have ever been, argues Nadine Batchelor-Hunt.’

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Each Other, 22nd October 2020

Source: eachother.org.uk

Police review whether investigation into David Starkey interview with Darren Grimes is ‘proportionate’ – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2020 in forced labour, genocide, internet, media, news, police, prosecutions, public order by tracey

‘Police are reviewing a controversial investigation into an interview with historian David Starkey to ensure it is “proportionate”.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2020

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Larger local authorities face reporting requirement on steps taken to prevent modern slavery – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 25th, 2020 in enforcement, forced labour, local government, news by sally

‘The Government is to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to require larger local authorities and other public bodies and businesses to take action against modern slavery risks in their supply chains.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd September 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Judges quash decision not to prosecute diplomat over alleged trafficking – The Guardian

‘A woman who says it seems the Crown Prosecution Service did not consider her “trafficked enough” after being brought into the UK by a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates is celebrating after a high court ruling quashed a decision not to prosecute him.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Home Office increases support for trafficking victims after lawyers argue rates are ‘discriminatory’ – The Independent

‘The Home Office has increased support for suspected modern slavery victims after facing a legal challenge claimed the current levels were discriminatory and left vulnerable mothers unable to afford basic essentials.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2020

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Bedlington man who enslaved homeless men must pay £275k – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in forced labour, homelessness, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘A man who plied homeless men with drugs and alcohol to make them do gruelling work has been ordered to pay back the £275,000 he made through his crimes.’

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BBC News, 1st June 2020

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ABE 2016/19 has gone AWOL – Counsel

‘Shortcomings and legal anachronisms: how can we achieve best evidence if current guidance is dangerously out of date on the law on special measures? asks Laura Hoyano.’

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Counsel, May 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk