‘It’s modern day slavery’: Teens nabbed at border, sent to egg farm

27/1/16  In rural Ohio, teens from Guatemala are found debeaking chickens at an egg farm while living in ‘horrible’ conditions, the government says.

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Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Supply Chain Transparency

26/1/16 The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is new legislation introduced in the UK with the intention of combatting slavery and human trafficking.  Continuing the trend for legislation to have extra-territorial reach, as illustrated by the UK Bribery Act, it can apply to entities based outside of the UK.

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Lithuanian gangmasters jailed in modern slavery and trafficking case

25/1/16   Two Lithuanian men have been found guilty of trafficking two of their fellow countrymen, taking all but £20 of the wages they received over several months for working in food factories that supply many leading supermarkets.

The victims, Edvinas and Edgarus Subatkis, were found still wearing the same clothes in which they had made their journey to Britain. They had also lost weight dramatically since leaving Lithuania – about 15kg (2st 4lbs) in the case of Edvinas.

Fellow Lithuanians Linus Ratautas and Konstantin Sasmurin introduced the twins to recruitment firms, where Ratautas helped them fill in registration forms with his own bank details.

Payment for the work the Subatkis brothers undertook was deposited directly into Ratautas’s bank account. The twins were given just £20 over the four-month period they worked and a small amount of food each week: bread, margarine, onions, ketchup, and occasionally a little mince.

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ETI welcomes UK leadership in ratifying the ILO forced labour protocol

25/1/16 Today, ETI was among a few invited guests to witness a landmark in the UK’s efforts to eliminate modern slavery, when Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime, Karen Bradley ratified the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) new Protocol on forced labour at the Palace of Westminster in London. 

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Nepalese women trafficked to Syria and forced to work as maids

20/1/16 While millions are fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria, hundreds of Nepalese women are being trafficked to the war-torn country and forced to work as domestic maids. The women, who are duped into travelling to Damascus, often arrive in the country with no idea they are being sent to a war zone.

“I didn’t know anything about Syria. I didn’t realise there was war going on … The agent told me it was like America,” said Gyanu Reshmi Magar, 25, who was promised a job in Dubai but found herself forced into domestic service in the Syrian capital.

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Children as young as seven mining cobalt used in smartphones, says Amnesty

19/1/16  Children as young as seven are working in perilous conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to mine cobalt that ends up in smartphones, cars and computers sold to millions across the world, by household brands including Apple, Microsoft and Vodafone, according to a new investigation by Amnesty International. 

The human rights group claims to have traced cobalt used in lithium batteries sold to 16 multinational brands to mines where young children and adults are being paid a dollar a day, working in life-threatening conditions and subjected to violence, extortion and intimidation.

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Firms urged to keep an eye out for human trafficking

13/1/16   COMPANIES in Worcestershire are being urged to look for signs of human trafficking when they take on migrant labour.

It is more than seven years since recruitment and training experts eResponse Group invested in new technology to rigorously screen the passports of every person who comes to work through the agency, but to underline its stance on the national problem, staff have also been given refresher training by the charity Hope for Justice to help spot signs of human trafficking.

At the event held at eResponse’s Redditch office, Gary Booth from the charity explained how many trafficked people may have no passport or identity documents, no access to a bank account and are often accompanied by the trafficker who does all the talking for them. Staff will now put the updated training into practice with every applicant for work or training.

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UK visa policy ‘increasing abuse’ of foreign maids, says damning review

12/1/16  The British government is exposing thousands of women brought to the UK by wealthy Gulf families to conditions of slavery, trafficking and abuse, according to a review of domestic worker visas.

Domestic workers transported to the UK are legally tied to their employer and are unable to change jobs while in the country. The Home Office has faced a barrage of criticism that this “tied” visa, introduced in 2012, leaves workers unable to escape abusive employers, effectively trapping them in domestic slavery.

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Couple who supplied workers to Sports Direct charged over slavery

11/1/16  A couple who supplied workers to Sports Direct have appeared in court on modern slavery charges.

Dariusz Parczewski, 47, and his wife, Bozena Parczewska, 46, were arrested as part of an investigation into human trafficking and were both charged with causing another person to perform forced labour.

Their son Krystian Parczewski, 27, was charged with an offence under the Fraud Act.

Sports Direct has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

All three from Aspley in Nottingham appeared at Nottingham crown court and will next appear on 22 April for a plea hearing.

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Police get beefed-up powers to tackle maritime human trafficking

7/1/16  They will help PSNI constables and enforcement officers investigate suspected maritime human trafficking or slavery offences. Officers will be able to board, divert and detain a vessel, to make arrests and seize relevant evidence when probing a potential modern slavery crime.

Victims can be trafficked illegally on vessels, and also may be the subject of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour on board vessels, official reports have found.

The DoJ said: “It is anticipated that these powers will be commenced in early 2016.”

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 will give law enforcement officers across the UK new abilities to pursue modern slavery perpetrators at sea.

A code of practice is being prepared ahead of implementation of the law in Northern Ireland.

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