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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People smuggling gang members jailed – BBC News

Posted September 19th, 2017 in conspiracy, gangs, news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Six members of a “professionally organised criminal organisation” who profited from human trafficking have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 18th 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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LASPO cuts leave thousands of lone migrant children at ‘serious risk’, says Children’s Society – Legal Voice

Posted September 6th, 2017 in children, immigration, legal aid, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The LASPO ‘safety net’ was leaving thousands of lone migrant children at ‘serious risk’, according to a report published by the Children’s Society last month. As a result of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, support for all non-asylum immigration claims was cut subject to its controversial exception case funding (ECF) scheme.’

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Legal Voice, 5th September 2017

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Attempted people smuggler jailed – Home Office

Posted August 29th, 2017 in attempts, immigration, press releases, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A man from London has been jailed for attempting to smuggle an Iraqi national through the Channel Tunnel.’

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Home Office, 23rd August 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 – 11 KBW

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in employment, legislation, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“MSA”) came into force on 29 October 2015. It seeks to address the growing scourge of forced labour and human trafficking within these shores. It does so by creating various criminal offences in relation to holding another person in
slavery or servitude or requiring them to perform forced labour, and also in relation to the movement of persons with a view to exploiting them. However, MSA also has a broader aim. Part 6 of MSA contains provisions requiring transparency in supply chains. Businesses above a specified level of turnover are required to provide a statement setting out the steps taken in the course of a financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains.’

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11 KBW, 14th August 2017

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Civil servant kept woman from Nigeria in ‘domestic servitude’ – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in civil servants, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A civil servant and her husband kept an African woman in servitude at their home, a judge has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2017

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Three men jailed for running cannabis factory in ex-nuclear bunker – The Guardian

‘Three men have been jailed for their part in running a vast underground cannabis farm in a former nuclear bunker in Wiltshire, staffed by young Vietnamese workers who were held in slave-like conditions.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

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Urgent research needed into ‘boyfriend model’ of sex abuse, say experts -The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2017 in child abuse, news, sexual grooming, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Calls are being made for urgent research into the “boyfriend model” of sex abuse that was used by the Newcastle sex trafficking network and others in high-profile grooming scandals.’

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The Guardian, 10th 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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Forced migration of children to Australia bigger sex abuse scandal than Jimmy Savile, says Gordon Brown – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Former prime minister Gordon Brown has said the forced migration of children to Australia and other Commonwealth countries during the 20th century is a bigger sex abuse scandal than the revelations about Jimmy Savile.’

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The Independent, 20th July 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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The Highs and Lows of the UK’s Business and Human Rights Laws – Rightsinfo

‘Today marks 6 years since the UN Human Rights Council adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. To celebrate, we are looking at three fantastic things the UK has done to ensure that businesses respect human rights, and two areas where it could vastly improve.’

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Rightsinfo, 16th 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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Law Society publishes first slavery and human trafficking statement – Legal Futures

Posted June 6th, 2017 in contracts, law firms, news, solicitors, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘The Law Society has issued its first slavery and human trafficking statement, in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, emphasising its commitment to ensuring that “such practices have no place within its supply chain or other activities”.’

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Legal Futures, 6th 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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Romanian couple jailed for trafficking girl, 14, into prostitution in UK – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2017 in children, news, prostitution, trafficking in human beings, women by sally

‘A Romanian couple have been jailed for trafficking a 14-year-old girl and other women into prostitution in the UK, in the first prosecution for child sex trafficking under the 2015 Modern Slavery Act.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2017

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Working together to end modern slavery – Home Office

Posted March 16th, 2017 in bills, reports, speeches, trafficking in human beings, universities, victims by tracey

‘Home Secretary’s keynote speech at event on role of financial institutions in disrupting human trafficking.’

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Home Office, 15th March 2017

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Sports Direct modern slavery brothers jailed – BBC News

Posted January 24th, 2017 in fraud, news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Two brothers who trafficked 18 people from Poland to the UK and conned and threatened them have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2017

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