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

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Newcastle rape and trafficking trials collapse over police failings – BBC News

‘The case against a gang accused of trafficking and raping young girls has collapsed because of police failings.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.out-law.com

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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Trafficking convictions fall 25% despite rising number of victims in Europe – The Guardian

‘The number of convictions for trafficking in Europe has fallen by a quarter, despite an increase in the number of victims and a global drive to tackle the abuse.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

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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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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office