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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UK nurse is first person convicted under modern slavery laws – The Guardian

‘A British nurse has become the first person to be convicted under new modern slavery laws, after being found guilty of trafficking five Nigerian women to Germany to work as prostitutes.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2018

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Government thwarted in bid to deport modern slavery victim who feared he would be killed if returned – The Independent

Posted June 14th, 2018 in deportation, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The government has made a U-turn over the deportation of a Vietnamese modern slavery victim after The Independent highlighted his plight.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2018

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Home Office under fire over ‘muddled’ strategy on slavery that fails victims – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in human rights, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘Anti-trafficking campaigners have accused the Home Office of a “muddled and inconsistent” strategy over modern slavery that is failing its victims, following the resignation of Britain’s first anti-slavery commissioner.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2018

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Child slavery victim sues Home Office after sexual assault at Morton Hall – The Guardian

‘A Vietnamese victim of child slavery has launched legal proceedings against the government after he was sexually assaulted at Morton Hall immigration removal centre, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2018

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Modern slavery strategy ‘yet to result in coherent action’, MPs find – The Independent

‘Modern slavery is not fully understood by the government and it has no idea if its crackdown is working, MPs have said, while warning that Brexit could worsen the situation.
The Public Accounts Committee concluded that “good intentions have yet to result in coherent action” against the crimes, with no measure of success for a nationwide strategy and inconsistency between regional police forces.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2018

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Gang members jailed for modern slavery – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Two London gang members who trafficked a teenage girl to Swansea to deal heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th April 2018

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Family convicted of forced labour and modern slavery – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Members of a Slovakian family have today (10 April) been convicted of trafficking people into the United Kingdom and forcing them to work for little or no pay.
Five members of the Newcastle-based Rafael family were found guilty of the systematic exploitation of homeless, unemployed and vulnerable people from Eastern Europe following a trial at Teesside Crown Court. Two further family members pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th April 2018

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Dozens of MPs and 80,000 members of public urge Home Office to reverse decision to refuse child slavery victim asylum – The Independent

Posted April 10th, 2018 in asylum, children, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘Dozens of MPs and more than 80,000 members of the public have urged the Home Office to reconsider its decision to refuse asylum to a child slavery victim which would see him forced to return to the country from which he was trafficked.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2018

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British children being forced into modern slavery in UK as 5,000 potential victims found – The Independent

‘British children are being forced into modern slavery in the UK as more potential victims are reported than ever before. A total of 5,145 potential victims were referred into the system last year, an increase of 35 per cent on the year before, and the National Crime Agency (NCA) believes the number will continue to rise.’

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The Independent, 25th March 2018

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Telford grooming ‘tip of the iceberg’, says solicitor – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2018 in child abuse, news, sexual grooming, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A lawyer who led prosecutions against a child sex abuse ring in Telford has said those cases were the “tip of the iceberg”.’

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BBC News, 13th March 2018

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Women “groomed, pimped and trafficked” as teenagers not required to disclose prostitution convictions to employers – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The High Court ruled on 2nd March 2018 that three women forced into prostitution as teenagers will no longer have to disclose related convictions to potential employers.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th March 2018

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