Campaigners celebrate slavery prosecutions in Mauritania

24/05/2016  Anti-slavery campaigners in Mauritania say two court victories last week could be significant in the fight against the practice.

In only the country’s second prosecution for slavery – and the first by a new court established alongside an anti-slavery law passed last year – two slave-owners were sentenced to five years in prison, with one year to be served and four years suspended.

In another boost for campaigners, two prominent anti-slavery activists, Biram Ould Abeid and Brahim Bilal – who had been in jail for 20 months after taking part in a demonstration against slavery – have been freed.

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Migrant crisis: Child trafficking on rise in EU

23/5/2016  DERBYSHIRE police will “look completely different” in the next few years as it gears up to crack 21st century crimes. The constabulary has begun a major overhaul under one of Britain’s top cyber crime experts.

The project has been made possible after the Government made a dramatic u-turn on planned funding cuts across all forces following the Paris terrorist attack that saw 130 die during an evening of horror in November last year.

Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman has already begun his drive to reshape the way Derbyshire police works. He said: “Not facing the gut-wrenching cuts that were planned means we have the opportunity to reshape the force. Crime is changing and, in the case of cyber-crime, that morphs and changes every single day, it is like no other crime that has even come before.”

He said the dedicated unit would be manned by 26 officers brought from around the force, joined by 50 new civilian workers, “to dedicate their time solely to look at new and emerging threats that we are facing”.

He added: “This includes child exploitation, online paedophilia and grooming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery.”

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Police treatment of domestic abuse victims to be investigated

18/5/16 Theresa May has ordered a major inquiry into the police treatment of domestic abuse cases and vulnerable victims.

The home secretary told the Police Federation’s annual conference that there was still evidence of too many victims being let down and “shameful attitudes” on the part of some police officers, who even exploited their position to develop inappropriate relationships with domestic abuse victims.

She said new powers to tackle domestic abuse, including on controlling or coercive behaviour, were effective but were “not being used anywhere near as systematically as they could be”.

The inquiry, to be carried out by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), will investigate the scale of the problem of officers abusing their position of power to exploit victims.

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Guardian-inspired anti-FGM film wins festival award

11/9/2016  A short animated film on female genital mutilation (FGM) created by British activist and filmmaker Ruth Beni has won the gold world medal at the 2016 New York festivals, honouring the best TV and films. Needlecraft was inspired by the Guardian’s work with FGM survivors before its global media campaign against the practice began, when the director was asked to make a film about the issue.

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How software contributes to cleaner supply chains

10/5/2016  Implementing new technology and software solutions is the key to improving quality, compliance and oversight throughout the supply network….

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Hell of modern slavery

9/5/2016  Southern Africa is fast becoming one of the world’s most profitable routes for human trafficking, but little is being done to end it, writes Philip Frankel

It began when the strange-looking men came to the bleak village high in the Maluti Mountains. They had come with pictures of smiling young men far less ragged than Johannes himself. And there was food – Kentucky Fried! –in that underground cavern, as well as liquor and women. But it was many kilometres away, deep in the earth, where his father and grandfathers had dug gold for the white men across the border.

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Old Anglesey Aluminium base for human trafficking victims

4/5/2016  Victims of human trafficking could be housed on a former medical centre on the old Anglesey Aluminium site near Holyhead.

A planning application has been submitted which would see the facility turned into a secure support centre.

Submitted by Orthios, who are working on a new biomass plant at the site, it’s expected that the facility would be used to support people who have been trafficked and to offer them short-term accommodation.

An Anglesey Council spokesman said: “We have received a planning application for a change of use for the former medical centre on the Anglesey Aluminium site from Orthios.

“As the application has not yet been before the authority’s planning committee, it would not be appropriate to comment further at present.

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