Eight arrested as part of major human trafficking operation

19/4/2017 Police have today (Wednesday, April 19th) arrested 8 people as part of an investigation into human trafficking spanning across the country.

The seven men and one woman were arrested following a series of early morning raids at addresses in Blackburn, Preston and Blackpool in Lancashire, Gateshead in Northumbria and Evesham, near Worcester.

They have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to traffic for sexual exploitation and conspiring to incite prostitution.

They are all currently in custody.

Eight women were found inside the addresses and were suspected of being trafficked to the UK from Romania for the purposes of prostitution. Safeguarding and welfare issues are being addressed,

The arrests, one of the biggest operations of its kind in the country, follow a long running proactive investigation led by Lancashire Constabulary’s human trafficking and modern slavery team Op Proteus, a dedicated team working to identify both the victims and perpetrators of trafficking and slavery across Lancashire.

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UK slavery reports ‘have doubled’

4/4/17  The number of people reported as potential victims of slavery and human trafficking in the UK has more than doubled in the past three years.

Statistics released by the National Crime Agency (NCA) show there were 3,805 people referred for help in 2016 – up from 1,745 people in 2013.

Recent Home Office estimates suggest there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK.

Home Office minister Sarah Newton said the government was taking action.

Albanian, UK and Vietnamese nationals are the most commonly reported victims of modern slavery.

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Child sexual exploitation offences increase fivefold in Manchester

30/3/17  The number of child sexual exploitation offences recorded in the Greater Manchester area has increased almost fivefold in three years, a report has revealed.

There were 714 recorded offences of child sexual exploitation – a specific form of abuse when an individual or group coerces or deceives a child into sex – in the area in 2016 compared with 146 in 2013, according to the report by the Labour MP Ann Coffey.

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UK police criticised for failure to help enslaved cannabis farmers

The UK’s independent anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland, has criticised police forces for failing to tackle the issue of enslaved Vietnamese teenagers being trafficked to the UK to work in illegal cannabis farms.

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Eversheds Sutherland launches Modern Slavery solution

7/3/2017 Law firm Eversheds Sutherland has launched two e-learning modules, developed to train businesses to understand and manage their risks related to modern slavery. Thought to be among the first interactive tools launched to educate employees on modern slavery, the solution is designed to help staff better recognise what modern slavery is and help with compulsory reporting relating to how they are tackling it.

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Co-op provides brighter future for UK victims of modern slavery

2/3/2017  The Co-op on 1 March announced a ground breaking new scheme to help integrate victims of the disturbing UK modern slave trade back into communities.

In a bid to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May has described as the great human rights issue of our time[1], the Co-op will provide jobs for known victims and raise awareness of modern slavery amongst its four million members.

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Brands named and shamed on slavery reporting

28/2/2017  A number of top UK retailers expected to publish Modern Slavery Act (MSA) statements have missed a deadline. 

Supply chain software provider Segura conducted research and found that of 34 retailers who should have produced statements on their websites by 31 January, 11 had failed to do so.

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Huge cannabis farm ‘was staffed by trafficked Vietnamese teenagers’

27/2/2017  In the Guardian: A vast marijuana farm discovered in a former nuclear bunker in Wiltshire was staffed by trafficked Vietnamese teenagers working in slave-like conditions, police say.

The three teenagers, the youngest of whom was initially thought to be 15, and one adult in his 30s, were found working as gardeners inside the 1980s bunker after a midnight raid on Wednesday.

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The Modern British Slave Trade

2/2/17  On Channel4 – A unique insight into the hidden world of modern slavery in the UK, seen through the eyes of people trapped in forced labour and the investigators who are trying to tackle this criminal industry. Could this be happening in your community?

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Child refugees ‘lost to prostitution and slavery’

12/12/16  Unaccompanied child refugees who were brought to the UK from the Calais migrant camp have disappeared and may have been drawn into prostitution or modern slavery.

Traffickers are feared to have preyed on the children, many of whom have no family in the UK and are looked after by the local authorities. David Simmonds, chairman of the asylum, migration and refugee task force at the Local Government Association, told The Sunday Times that children were being pursued for the cash that they had promised to traffickers before their journey to Europe.

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