New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 28 – Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

2022 c. 27 – Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022

2022 c. 26 – Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022

2022 c. 22 – Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022

2022 c. 20 – Professional Qualifications Act 2022

2022 c. 17 – Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022

2022 c. 36 – Nationality and Borders Act 2022

2022 c. 34 – British Sign Language Act 2022

2022 c. 32 – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 29 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022

2022 c. 24 – Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Gang jailed for locking 35 people in boxes to smuggle them into UK – The Independent

‘A five-man gang has been jailed after smuggling 35 Afghan people into the UK inside purpose-built “coffin-like” wooden boxes.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2022

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UK’s visa schemes ‘creating and heightening’ trafficking and exploitation risks – The Independent

‘The UK’s visa schemes for Ukrainian refugees are “lacking in clarity, resourcing and accountability” and are heightening the risk of trafficking and exploitation, according to a report.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2022

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Edward Colston statue case sent to Court of Appeal – BBC News

‘The acquittal of four people on trial for toppling Bristol’s Edward Colston statue has prompted the attorney general to contact the Court of Appeal.’

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BBC News, 13th April 2022

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C of E procedures on racial injustice ‘inadequate’, says Cambridge college – The Guardian

‘The Church of England’s procedures for addressing issues of racial injustice and contested heritage are “inadequate” and “not fit for purpose”, according to the head of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2022

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Ministers ‘failing to protect’ people trafficked to UK as modern slaves – The Guardian

‘Ministers are failing to protect people trafficked to Britain as modern slaves, the government’s own expert has said.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2022

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Convicted people-smugglers ordered to pay over £30,000 in confiscation orders – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Four convicted people smugglers, who assisted in the unlawful immigration of 39 people from Vietnam who died in the back of a lorry in Essex, have been ordered to pay £31,493.47 in confiscation orders.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd March 2022

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Online safety law to be strengthened to stamp out illegal content – Home Office

‘Online Safety Bill strengthened with new list of criminal content for tech firms to remove as a priority.’

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Home Office, 4th February 2022

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Terror case dropped against trafficking victim, aged 16 – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2022 in children, news, prosecutions, terrorism, trafficking in human beings, victims by sally

‘The case against the youngest girl charged with terrorism offences in the UK has been dropped, after the Home Office decided she was a victim of trafficking.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2022

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Contested heritage – A review of the Church of England guidance – Law & Religion UK

‘In a guest post, Trevor Cooper, of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, looks at the issues surrounding “contested heritage”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st January 2022

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Modern slavery victims may face barriers to justice under Priti Patel’s immigration bill, MPs warn – The Independent

‘Modern slavery victims may face barriers to seeking justice while criminal gangs “evade punishment” under Priti Patel’s immigration bill, cross-party MPs have warned.’

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The Independent, 21st December 2021

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Trafficking victims entitled to back payments after court ruling – The Guardian

‘Thousands of trafficking victims who had government support payments removed in the midst of the pandemic are entitled to back payments that could run into millions of pounds, following a high court ruling that found the policy to be unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2021

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Colston’s firm enslaved the most Africans, David Olusoga tells Bristol court – The Guardian

‘Edward Colston was “chief executive officer” of a company responsible for enslaving more Africans than any other in British history, the historian David Olusoga has told a court, as defendants argued they acted “lawfully” in toppling his statue.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2021

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Man to be extradited to Belgium in connection with Grays lorry deaths – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2021 in extradition, gangs, homicide, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A Vietnamese man will be extradited to Belgium to face charges connected to the deaths of 39 people in a lorry in Essex in 2019.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2021

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Asylum seekers jailed for steering dinghies appealing after being branded ‘people smugglers’ by government – The Independent

‘More than a dozen asylum seekers who were jailed for steering dinghies across the English Channel are fighting to have their convictions overturned.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2021

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New Home Office policy risks ‘driving human trafficking victims underground’, experts warn – The Independent

‘Experts have warned that victims of trafficking risk being “driven underground” under new Home Office plans to grant immigration enforcement teams the power to decide on modern slavery cases.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2021

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Priti Patel’s immigration bill will make it harder to prosecute human traffickers, top police officers warn – The Independent

‘Priti Patel’s immigration bill risks hampering the prosecution of human traffickers in the UK and making it more difficult for people to escape exploitation, senior police officers have warned.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2021

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Thousands of potential trafficking victims held in immigration centres, data shows – The Guardian

‘More than 4,500 people have been held in immigration detention in England and Wales before being released into the community and only then identified as potential victims of trafficking, official figures for the past five years show.
Charities claim the figures demonstrate a “detain first, ask later” attitude that runs counter to the fight against modern slavery and suggest others are probably being deported without having been referred for support. They fear the situation will be exacerbated by the nationality and borders bill, which they say makes it harder to identify victims.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2021

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Yacht skipper jailed following Border Force sea interception – Home Office

Posted October 15th, 2021 in immigration, imprisonment, news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A Dutch national who was caught in the process of sneaking 9 Albanian nationals into the UK in a sailing vessel has been jailed.’

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Home Office, 13th October 2021

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Trafficking victims should be granted leave to remain in UK, high court rules – The Guardian

‘Thousands of victims of trafficking who have been left to languish in the immigration system for years should be granted leave to remain, the high court has said in a landmark ruling.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2021

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