Number of UK child slavery cases up by nearly 800% in two years, figures show – The Independent

‘Child slavery cases in the UK have surged by nearly 800 per cent in just two years, new figures show. Data published in the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme’s annual report show there were 475 police operations into child slavery in the UK last month, compared with 53 in April 2017.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2019

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Nurses vote to back decriminalisation of prostitution – The Guardian

‘The union representing Britain’s nurses will start lobbying governments across the UK to decriminalise prostitution in order to safeguard sex workers and improve their health.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2019

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First county lines drug dealing gang jailed using modern slavery laws – Daily Telegraph

‘Three drug dealers have become the first gang to be jailed under modern slavery laws for using children to traffic crack cocaine and heroin in so-called county lines operations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th May 2019

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Nottingham family sentenced over modern slavery – BBC News

Posted April 29th, 2019 in forced labour, news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Four members of the same family have been sentenced for modern slavery offences.’

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BBC News, 26th April 2019

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High court suspends Home Office policy limiting support for slavery victims – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has suspended a Home Office policy that cuts off after six weeks all statutory support to slavery victims in the UK, ruling that it risks causing “irreparable harm to very vulnerable individuals”.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2019

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Home Office limit on support for slavery victims may be unlawful, court rules – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has ruled that Home Office policy to cut off all statutory support to people six weeks after they have been formally identified as victims of slavery is potentially unlawful, ordering that assistance must immediately be extended.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2019

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UK Home Office tendering for Modern Slavery Act compliance role – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 26th, 2019 in forced labour, news, tenders, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The UK Home Office is tendering for a partner to conduct an audit of corporate compliance with the reporting requirements set out in section 54 of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act (‘the Act’).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th March 2019

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Charity launches super-complaint against police for treating slavery victims as criminals, rather than protecting them from perpetrators – Daily Telegraph

‘Police forces face a super-complaint over their alleged failure to protect victims of modern slavery.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2019

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UK modern slavery cases involving children doubles – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2019 in children, drug trafficking, forced labour, news, statistics by sally

‘A steep rise in the number of vulnerable children being lured into dealing drugs as part of the so-called county lines crisis has led to a doubling of modern slavery cases involving UK minors in Britain.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2019

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LGA warns on funding as modern slavery referrals made by councils rise tenfold in five years – Local Government Lawyer

‘The number of referrals of potential victims of modern slavery made by councils has soared tenfold in five years, the Local Government Association has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th March 2019

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Crime Minister addresses government work to tackle modern slavery – Home Office

Posted February 26th, 2019 in forced labour, speeches, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Victoria Atkins delivered speech at Paris Supply Chains conference.’

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Home Office, 25th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

New Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner announced – Home Office

Posted February 25th, 2019 in enforcement, forced labour, police, press releases, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Sara Thornton to take up role to help combat modern slavery.’

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Home Office, 22nd February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Review proposes enhancements to Modern Slavery Act reporting – OUT-LAW.com

‘More clarity is needed over which organisations are required to comply with modern slavery reporting requirements, while the reports themselves need a consistent structure and far stronger enforcement, an independent review has recommended.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th January 2019

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Home Office announces repayment for slavery victims after it unlawfully cut their support – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2019 in benefits, compensation, forced labour, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The Home Office has announced a repayment scheme for modern slavery victims after its decision to slash their financial support was ruled unlawful by the High Court.’

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The Independent, 17th January 2019

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Vital action taken in fight against modern slavery – Home Office

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in forced labour, press releases, trafficking in human beings, Vietnam by tracey

‘The UK and Vietnam have announced a new partnership to tackle modern slavery. The 2 countries today (Monday 21 November) signed a memorandum of understanding on human trafficking that will allow for greater collaboration around intelligence sharing, supporting victims and prevention work.’

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Home Office, 21st November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Ep. 50: Human Trafficking – Law Pod UK

Posted November 20th, 2018 in forced labour, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Emma-Louise Fenelon talks with 1 Crown Office Row’s Alasdair Henderson about how the UK is tackling issues of human trafficking and modern slavery, both within its own borders and internationally.’

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Law Pod UK, 19th November 2018

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Car washes to be given kitemark scheme to crack down on modern slavery – Daily Telegraph

‘Car washes will be given a Kitemark-style scheme to crack down on modern slavery.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2018

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People traffickers jailed after exploiting vulnerable and homeless people – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A gang of human traffickers, including six members of the same family, have been jailed for more than 24 years’ for trafficking and exploiting vulnerable and homeless people.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th October 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Modern slavery in the UK: ‘They could be sat right in front of you’ – BBC News

Posted August 10th, 2018 in forced labour, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Slavery still exists in the UK, and it can be found in nail bars, factories, car washes and the cleaning industry.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2018

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Modern slavery prosecutions rise by a quarter amid criticism of government crackdown – The Independent

Posted August 9th, 2018 in forced labour, news, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘The number of modern slavery prosecutions has risen by more than a quarter in the past year, but still make up a small fraction of the thousands of potential cases flagged to authorities.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2018

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