Home Office cuts to modern slavery victims’ benefits are unlawful, High Court rules – The Independent

Posted November 9th, 2018 in asylum, benefits, government departments, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A government decision to slash financial support for modern slavery victims has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2018

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Latvian human trafficking gang jailed for East Midlands plot – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Nine members of an organised crime group based in the East Midlands and Latvia have been jailed for human trafficking offences against 28 victims.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 7th November 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Huddersfield grooming gang: four more jailed for abusing girls – The Guardian

‘Four members of a Huddersfield grooming gang have been jailed for a harrowing campaign of violence and sexual abuse against three vulnerable girls.’

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The Guardian, 1st 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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Home Office ordered to pay damages to sex-trafficking victim – The Guardian

‘A woman who was trafficked into Britain for prostitution and later locked up in an immigration centre is entitled to substantial damages from the Home Office for unlawful detention, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2018

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Construction and the Modern Slavery Act: Tackling exploitation in the UK – Home Office

Posted October 9th, 2018 in construction industry, reports, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘This report examines the UK construction industry’s response to the Modern Slavery Act.’

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Home Office, 9th October 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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

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Drug dealer jailed for trafficking vulnerable children in ‘county lines’ operation – The Independent

‘A man who trafficked three children, including a 14-year-old girl, to use as drug dealers in a “county lines” ring has been jailed for 14 years in a landmark prosecution.’

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The Independent, 4th October 2018

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UK watchdogs demand transparency from Facebook amid child trafficking claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 4th, 2018 in children, internet, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘UK child protection organisations have called for Facebook to improve transparency on its site, after a new lawsuit in America claimed that it is being used to lure children into the sex trade. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said Facebook should be forced to report how many child abusers it identifies online to help measure the scale of the problem.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd Ocotber 2018

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Human trafficking: is our system for combating it fit for purpose? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 1st, 2018 in news, trafficking in human beings, treaties by sally

‘Human trafficking or modern slavery is one of the most appalling forms of criminal activity today. It’s also one of the most widespread and fastest-growing.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2018

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UK agrees principles for tackling modern slavery in supply chains – Home Office

‘The UK has developed, alongside the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, principles for nations to adopt to tackle modern slavery in global supply chains.’

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Home Office, 25th September 2018

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First ever convicted cross-border sex-trafficker has sentence increased – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 21st, 2018 in appeals, news, prostitution, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘The first person to be convicted under the Modern Slavery Act for human trafficking outside the UK has today had her sentence increased after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, personally argued that her sentence was too low in the Court of Appeal.’

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Attorney General's Office, 20th September 2018

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Case Comment: R (Bashir & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 45 Part Two – UKSC Blog

‘The Supreme Court held that the terms of the Convention do not entitle the respondents to be resettled in the UK metropolitan territory. Overall, a state’s duties to a refugee reaching a particular territory – whose international relations the state controls – are in principle and in normal circumstances limited to providing and securing the refugee’s Convention rights in that context.’

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UKSC Blog, 24th August 2018

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Case Comment: R (Bashir & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 45 Part One – UKSC Blog

‘In a complex interim judgment dealing with threshold issues, the Supreme Court has asad-khanheld that both the Refugee Convention 1951 and the 1967 Protocol extend to the UK’s Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) of Akrotiri and Dhekelia. Britain occupied Cyprus between 1878 and 1960. Secretive deal making with the Ottoman Empire led the British Empire to forge an alliance with the Turks to protect them from Russia. The British initially occupied and administered Cyprus and ultimately annexed it upon the outbreak of the First World War when the British and the Turks found themselves fighting on opposite sides. Turkey recognised the annexation in the Treaty of Lausanne 1923 and that status continued until the settlement between the UK, Greece and Turkey in 1960 when Cyprus became a republic. Like Britain’s other Mediterranean possessions the island was of military and strategic importance rather than economic value. Upon independence in 1960, the UK retained sovereignty over the SBAs to accommodate military bases which are now the only notable British strategic assets in the eastern Mediterranean. These proceedings threw up a number of issues including the respondents’ entitlement to resettlement in the UK under the Convention, the validity of the UK-Cyprus Memorandum of Understanding of 2003 on illegal migrants and asylum seekers, and whether the UK is in principle entitled to discharge its obligations under the Convention by arranging for support to be provided by Cyprus?’

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UKSC Blog, 24th August 2018

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UK ‘Refusing Asylum To More Ex-Child Slaves Despite Safety Fears’ – Rights Info

Posted August 16th, 2018 in asylum, children, deportation, news, trafficking in human beings, young persons by sally

‘Many teenage survivors of modern slavery are being sent back to nations where they have no relatives and are again at risk of being targeted by traffickers, according to new data.’

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Rights Info, 15th August 2018

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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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Trafficking victim awarded High Court damages in minimum wage and harassment claims – Cloisters

‘Anna Beale represented the claimant, Ms Ajayi, a migrant domestic worker, in this unusual High Court claim brought against her former employers, Mr and Mrs Abu, for payment of the minimum wage, harassment, breach of contract and personal injury. In August 2017, the court found that the “family worker” exemption to the requirement to pay the minimum wage did not apply in this case. The quantification of that claim, together with Ms Ajayi’s other claims, was dealt with in a further hearing, the final judgment from which has recently been released.’

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Cloisters, 11th July 2018

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Gang who planned to bring migrants to UK on jet skis convicted – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2018 in news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘People-smugglers behind a scheme to bring migrants across the Channel on jet skis are facing jail.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2018

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Modern slavery law review as gangs ‘evolve’ – BBC News

‘The UK’s modern slavery legislation is to be reviewed as criminal gangs find new ways to exploit victims, the Home Office has announced.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2018

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UK under fire over slavery measures after ‘disturbing’ case of trafficked boy – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2018 in children, government departments, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘The government is under pressure to better protect victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK, after landmark rulings against the Home Office’s treatment of a 15-year-old child and other victims. Lawyers are challenging “systematic deficiencies” in Theresa May’s flagship strategy to tackle modern slavery and protect victims. They urged the Home Office to respond to recent court rulings that show vulnerable victims are being failed.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2018

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