Customers must report firms they think are using trafficked workers

Consumers need to boycott and report car washes and nail bars staffed by people they suspect may be victims of trafficking or exploitation, the UK’s new independent anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland, has warned.

The Guardian 15/9/15

The former sex slave fighting to save underage girls from sex traffickers

Twenty years ago, Sunita Duanwar suffered five months of unimaginable cruelty at the hands of sex slave traders who made her sleep with up to 30 men a day.

She was just 14 and lured to India on the promise of regular work, but instead was locked in a small room with a barred window, beaten by her ‘customers’ and even woken up so her new ‘owners’ could force her to have sex.

Daily Mail 8/9/2015

Man arrested during anti-human trafficking inquiry

The suspect was detained in Newtownhamilton on suspicion of trafficking for securing services between the start of this year and last month, money laundering, fraud and gangmaster offences, PSNI detective inspector Mark Bell said.

The arrest follows an operation against human trafficking for labour exploitation when officers rescued 16 victims working in agriculture in South Armagh on July 17.

Belfast Telegraph 3/9/15

Putting slavery firmly on development agenda is just the beginning

From India’s brick kilns to North Korean labour camps in Siberia – from fishing boats off the coast of Thailand to the enslavement of children in cannabis factories and nail bars across the UK – global awareness of the nature and scale of modern slavery is growing. Read more from The Guardian…

Man arrested in major human trafficking probe

A 39-year-old man has been arrested as part of a major human trafficking investigation. The suspect was detained in Belfast and is being quizzed by specialist detectives about human trafficking, labour exploitation, gang master offences and money laundering. Read the story in full from the Belfast Telegraph …

Is Bristol a trafficking and slavery ‘hub’?

Bristol 24/7 today publishes calls for the city to face its slavery past by taking a lead in challenging modern day slavery and human trafficking. Previously labelled a “hub” for the crime, they investigate the growing trend in Bristol and look at what is being done to stop it.

Man remanded on human trafficking charges

Zoltan Raffael appeared before the city’s Magistrates Court after being charged by police investigating the alleged exploitation.

The 39-year-old, from Eia Street in Belfast, is charged with three counts of human trafficking and three of acting as an unlicensed gang master. He is further accused of money laundering.

The charges relate to two women and a man allegedly trafficked earlier this summer. Read the story in full in the Belfast Telegraph …

Human trafficking: Britain to act on Vietnamese child slaves

As David Cameron pledges to act on the “shocking” issue of children being trafficked from Vietnam to the UK to work in servitude for organised crime gangs, charities warn there is much more to do. Read story in full on channel 4 news …