Modern slavery referrals up 300% in UK due to improved identification – The Guardian

‘There has been a 300% increase in the number of victims of modern slavery referred for support in the past six years, and a huge increase in the number of men from Vietnam trafficked to work in illegal cannabis farms.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2017

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UK government pushes for compliance with Modern Slavery Act – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government has amended its guidance over how companies and other organisations should show they have taken steps to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business and supply chains.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th October 2017

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Caseload almost doubles at UK antislavery body as remit widens – The Guardian

Posted September 25th, 2017 in forced labour, gangmasters, licensing, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The UK’s antislavery body has launched 185 investigations since May, nearly double its total for the whole of last year, after assuming powers that allow it to look beyond the food and farming sector.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2017

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Czech slaves gang forced Plymouth victim to lie – BBC News

‘Four gang members have been jailed for forcing a slavery victim to withdraw evidence, causing a trial to collapse.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2017

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Rooney traveller family jailed for modern slavery offences – BBC News

‘Nine members of a traveller family who kept workers in squalid conditions in caravans have been jailed for modern day slavery offences.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2017

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Slavery checks not fit for purpose at UK firms, report says – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2017 in employment, forced labour, news, reports, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘UK businesses are running the risk of employing forced labour because they do not know enough about their staff, researchers have warned.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2017

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Family convicted of keeping at least 18 victims as slaves for up to 26 years – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 14th, 2017 in forced labour, fraud, gangs, news by sally

‘Members of an extended family have been convicted of running a modern slavery ring which kept one of its captives in “truly shocking” conditions for decades.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th August 2017

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Tens of thousands of modern slavery victims in UK, NCA says – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2017 in forced labour, news, statistics, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Modern slavery and human trafficking is far more prevalent than law enforcement previously thought, with a recent crackdown lifting the lid on the “shocking” scale of the crime and potentially tens of thousands of victims in the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2017

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Modern slavery: the next social care scandal? – The Guardian

‘Foreign nationals working in social care could be victims of exploitation, trafficking and forced labour. Staff are being urged to speak out.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2017

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Three men sentenced for modern slavery offences – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 16th, 2017 in forced labour, news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Three Polish nationals have today (14 June) been sentenced for modern slavery offences, after they trafficked workers to the UK and forced them to live in poverty and fear.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th June 2017

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Two brothers jailed after keeping mother and sister as domestic slaves in Bradford – The Independent

‘Two brothers have been jailed after they kept their mother and sister as slaves.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2017

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Victims of slavery and human trafficking ‘abandoned’ as soon as they are identified – The Independent

‘Hundreds of slavery victims in the UK are being “abandoned” by the authorities as soon as they are identified, placing them at risk of falling straight back into the hands of traffickers, experts have warned.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2017

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Slavery reports rise fivefold, Salvation Army says – BBC News

‘The Salvation Army says it has seen nearly a fivefold rise in the number of slavery victims it has helped in England and Wales since 2012.’

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BBC News, 22nd August 2016

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New powers to tackle slavery at sea – Home Office

‘Safeguarding Minister Sarah Newton announces the commencement of new powers in the Modern Slavery Act.’

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Home Office, 8th August 2016

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Modern Slavery Act 2015 review: one year on – Home Office

‘An independent review into the effectiveness of the criminal justice provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 one year after coming into effect.’

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Home Office, 31st July 2016

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‘Modern slavery’ family jailed for Cardiff forced labour – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2016 in assault, conspiracy, forced labour, kidnapping, news, sentencing by sally

‘Three family members have been jailed for forcing a man to do heavy labour for tiny amounts in Cardiff.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2016

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Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court – The Guardian

‘Compensation claims for torture, rape, wrongful detention and forced labour brought by 40,000 Kenyans who allege they were mistreated by British officials during the Mau Mau insurgency are due to be heard in the high court in London on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2016

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Trafficking prosecutions rise following new laws – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2016 in forced labour, news, prosecutions, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Prosecutors from across the UK have signed up to new commitments to tackle human trafficking and exploitation. It comes as figures suggest trafficking prosecutions in England and Wales have increased since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in April.’

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BBC News, 26th February 2016

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Woman awarded £184k in ‘first caste discrimination’ case – BBC News

Posted September 23rd, 2015 in compensation, forced labour, news, race discrimination by sally

‘A woman recruited from India to be a domestic servant for a family in the UK and paid 11p an hour has been awarded almost £184,000 in unpaid wages.’

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BBC News, 22nd September 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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