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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Human trafficking ring gang members jailed – BBC News

‘Three members of a gang linked to the largest human trafficking ring ever exposed in the UK have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2021

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NHS trusts wrongly billing vulnerable migrants for maternity care, says charity – The Guardian

‘NHS trusts are wrongly hounding vulnerable migrant women for payment of bills of thousands of pounds for maternity care, according to a report.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2021

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UK sentencing guidelines for modern slavery offences published – OUT-LAW.com

‘The publication of new sentencing guidelines for modern slavery offences should bring home to UK businesses the continued focus on modern slavery by law enforcement bodies, a legal expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th August 2021

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Challenge to Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme dismissed by Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A and B v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and another [2021] UKSC 27. On appeal from [2018] EWCA Civ 1534. The claimants in the case were victims of human trafficking with unspent convictions in Lithuania. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) provides compensation to victims of crime, apart from where they have unspent criminal convictions (“the exclusionary rule”). The question for the Supreme Court was whether the exclusionary rule breached the claimants’ rights under Articles 4 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court found that the rule did not breach these rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th August 2021

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Modern slavery offences sentencing guidelines published – Sentencing Council

‘We have published new sentencing guidelines for sentencing offenders convicted of modern slavery offences in England and Wales, following consultation. The new guidelines will give judges and magistrates dedicated guidelines to follow when sentencing offenders guilty of offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, including slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, and trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.’

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Sentencing Council, 12th August 2021

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Channel migrants: Asylum seeker cleared of people smuggling was ‘scapegoat’ – BBC News

‘An Iranian asylum seeker cleared of people smuggling has said he was made a “scapegoat” by British authorities. Fouad Kakaei, who steered a dinghy across the English Channel, was found not guilty at a second trial after appealing against his first conviction.’

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BBC News, 11th August 2021

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Home Office challenged over ‘sped-up’ removal of Vietnamese nationals – The Guardian

‘Lawyers are challenging the Home Office policy of deporting people to Vietnam who could be victims of trafficking after the UK sent a second charter flight to the country within a matter of weeks.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2021

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What Are Reparations And What Forms Can They Take? – Each Other

‘With Jamaica preparing to ask for reparations from Britain for the Atlantic slave trade, EachOther asks what this could look like?’

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Each Other, 29th July 2021

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Napier barracks conditions held not to meet minimum standards – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In R (NB & Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 1489 (Admin), the High Court ruled that the treatment of asylum seekers at Napier military barracks did not meet minimum legal standards, that the process for allocating asylum seekers to accommodation centres was flawed and unlawful and that the six claimants had been falsely imprisoned during the “inevitable” Covid-19 outbreak. David Manknell of 1 COR was junior counsel to the SSHD.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th July 2021

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Nationality and Borders Bill 2021-22 – Commons Library Research Briefing

‘The Nationality and Borders Bill of 2021-22 was introduced to the House on 6 July. Second reading will take place on 19 and 20 July.’

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House of Commons Library, 15th July 2021

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CPS publishes updated guidance for handling of illegal entry cases via small boats – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have agreed a consistent approach to the handling of cases involving illegal entry to the UK via small boats and lorries.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th July 2021

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Four out of five rejected trafficking claims were overturned in UK last year – The Guardian

Posted July 5th, 2021 in appeals, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Four out of five rejected human trafficking claims challenged in the UK last year were overturned, according to newly obtained figures that have raised concerns that poor decision-making is putting lives at risk.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2021

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Operation Fort: Three gang members convicted of human trafficking – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three pivotal members of the largest human trafficking ring ever exposed in the UK have been convicted of people trafficking offences that involved vulnerable victims being intimidated and exploited, having their wages funnelled in to bank accounts controlled by members of the gang and being paid only paltry sums in return for their labours.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th June 2021

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UK legislation proposed to tackle modern slavery – OUT-LAW.com

‘A private members’ bill seeking to address modern slavery, including establishing minimum standards of transparency in supply chains, has been introduced to the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd June 2021

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The Times, They Are A-Changin’ [Again] – Carmelite Chambers

‘For those practitioners who thought that a positive decision from the Single Competent Authority as to whether a defendant was a victim of trafficking is admissible, having been settled since early 2020 with the Divisional Court decision in DPP v M [2020] EWHC 344 Admin, well…think again.’

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Carmelite Chambers, 20th May 2021

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Home Office must compensate trafficked women for lack of childcare, court rules – The Guardian

‘The Home Office must compensate female victims of sex trafficking whose children had to hear details of their abuse because no childcare was available during appointments, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2021

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Dozens of vulnerable asylum seekers wrongly placed in Napier Barracks despite watchdog warnings – The Independent

‘Dozens of asylum seekers have been wrongly placed in Napier Barracks after the Home Office failed to recognise their vulnerabilities, prompting concerns that ministers have ignored warnings from watchdogs.’

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The Independent, 23rd May 2021

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