Number of UK human trafficking victims doubles in year

16/12/15  The number of British victims of human trafficking doubled last year, the National Crime Agency has revealed.

Social media and smartphone apps were being used by traffickers to recruit Brits and sexually exploit them.

Some victims were being “controlled” by drugs and alcohol and stated they were so “out of it” they did not know what was happening to them, the NCA report said.

Another potential victim reported that those exploiting her had pictures of her that they threatened to ‘show around’ if she did not do as they said.

A total of 3,309 people, including 732 children, were identified as potential victims of human trafficking in the UK – a 21% increase on the previous year.

They included 300 Brits – up 55% on 2013 – while the UK remained the most prevalent country of origin for potential child victims of human trafficking with 116 cases.

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The UK’s new slavery laws explained: what do they mean for business?

15/12/15  What do nail bars, the fishing industry, the London house of two medical professionals and cannabis farms have in common? They have all recently been implicated in modern slavery.

This year the UK government passed the Modern Slavery Act, the first piece of UK legislation focusing on the prevention and prosecution of modern slavery and the protection of victims. After much debate, the government included a provision on transparency in supply chains, which came into force in October.

But what does this new act mean in practice for businesses, and does it have any hope of achieving its aims?

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Human trafficking gang leader jailed after tip-off uncovered web of brothels

14/12/15 The leader of a human trafficking gang that transported Polish women in and out of the UK to various brothels has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Krzystof Jakubiak, 49, ran a number of brothels across the UK as he used a particular website to advertise the services of prostitutes who were under his control in return for financial reward.

The enterprise is believed to have been operating for at least two years and could have had a potential gross turnover of more than £1 million, Cheshire Police said.

Jakubiak and fellow trafficker Marlene Soska, 37, were arrested at their homes in Nantwich and Crewe in May.

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Report: Hundreds of Child Refugees Have Gone Missing in the UK Since January

9/12/15   Hundreds of children have gone missing over the past year since arriving in the U.K. as asylum seekers, according to a report by British newspaper The Observer .

According to Freedom of Information responses from 132 local authorities across England and Wales submitted by the newspaper, at least 340 children disappeared between January and September of this year, and more than 900 asylum-seeking children have gone missing in the past five years.

There are an estimated 126,000 refugees currently living in the U.K., according to the British Red Cross. The U.K. received 31,400 applications for asylum status in 2014; of those, 1,945were from children separated from their parents before arriving to the U.K., with the highest numbers arriving from Albania, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Vietnam and Iran.

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Couple jailed after keeping man as slave for 24 years

8/12/15  A couple who kept a man in servitude for almost a quarter of a century after illegally bringing him to Britain have been jailed for six years each.

Emmanuel Edet, 61, a former NHS obstetrician, and Antan Edet, 58, a midwife, kept Ofonime Sunday Inuk as a “houseboy” after telling immigration officials he was their teenage son when they arrived from Nigeria in 1989.

Over the next 24 years Inuk worked unpaid up to 17 hours a day looking after the couple’s two sons, cooking, cleaning and gardening. For long periods of time he had to sleep on a hall floor.

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – UK Businesses Must now Take Steps to Tackle Modern Slavery

3/12/15  International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, and marks the anniversary of the decision of the UN General Assembly to adopt the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949). Whilst many of us feel far removed from the widespread slavery of the past, modern forms of slavery still exist in the UK and are fuelled by businesses and consumers.

The day is focussed on eradicating modern forms of slavery such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriage and recruiting children for armed conflict. Many of these forms of modern slavery are still happening in the UK, however the government are taking measures to eradicate it. This post looks at the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the role companies can play in eradicating modern slavery.

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UK Cannabis Farms Linked To ‘Modern Slavery’

2/12/15  Cannabis plants worth more than £62m are seized every year by police.

And a report by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has linked the cultivation of the illegal plant to other crimes including money laundering, human trafficking and illegal immigration.

The study said commercial cultivation of cannabis “continues to pose a significant risk to the UK” with more than a quarter of a million plants seized every year.

Data used in the report said most of those caught commercially cultivating cannabis are white British men aged between 25 and 34.

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Modern slavery affects hundreds of people in Derbyshire, top detective says

1/12/15  A senior police detective believes hundreds of people could be victims of modern slavery in Derbyshire.

Detective Inspector Harry Dick, of Derbyshire Constabulary, spoke out ahead of a conference in Chesterfield which will discuss slavery today and how it can be stopped.

DI Dick said modern slavery includes a number of offences such as sexual exploitation, forced labour and the trafficking of people.

“Based on Home Office data, I estimate a couple of hundred people could be victims of modern slavery throughout our county,” DI Dick told the Derbyshire Times.

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