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Qatar criticised for domestic workers’ abuse

A report published on Wednesday called My sleep is my break: Exploitation of migrant domestic workers in the Gulf Arab state features instances of physical and sexual assault. It said some of the women interviewed reported being "slapped, pulled by the hair, poked in the eyes, and kicked down the stairs by their employers" and that three said they were raped.
Aljazeera 23rd April 2014

800 Ugandans trafficked in 2013 – report

Organised human trafficking rings lured at least 837 Ugandans into conditions that border on modern-day slavery, a new report shows. “We can’t tell exactly the percentage of the increase in victims of trafficking because there were no proper record mechanisms of trafficking cases in police in 2012,” said Moses Binoga, the coordinator of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce at the ministry of Internal Affairs. “But what we know is that the number of reported cases increased in 2013 due to increased sensitisation on human trafficking.”
The Observer 17th April 2014

Men forced to live like "modern day slaves" aboard rusting ships near Fowey

Men are being forced to live like "modern-day slaves" in filthy, unsafe conditions just a few hundred metres from one of the wealthiest towns in Cornwall.
Cornish Guardian 16th April 2014

Four in court accused of sex trafficking

FOUR people have appeared in court in connection with a sexual exploitation inquiry in which a home in Chard was raided.
This is the West Country 16th April 2014

Two arrested in Home Office sex trafficking operation

A man and a woman have been arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged trafficking of Nigerian women into the UK for sexual exploitation.
BBC News 10th April 2014

Slavery experts meet big business to tackle exploitation

On Friday, business leaders and NGOs from around the world will meet to debate this issue at the global supply chains summit organised by the Guardian, and the Institute for Human Rights and Business.
The Guardian
10th April 2014

Arrest rates for slavery in Wales are 'appallingly low' a charity has warned

Arrests for suspected slavery and human trafficking offences across Wales are at an “appallingly low” level, a leading charity has warned. Anti-Slavery International claim victims are being let down by poor rates of detection and are often being prosecuted for lesser offences while their criminal gangmasters avoid police attention.
Wales Online 6th April 2014

Man, 51, arrested for slavery following investigation in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

A 51-year-old man has been arrested as part of an investigation into slavery in Bristol and South Gloucestershire on suspicion of forced labour offences.
Bristol Post 4th April 2014

UK Domestic Workers 'Beaten and Treated Like Slaves' in UK

Migrant domestic workers in the UK are being subjected to physical and mental abuse, working in conditions that amount to forced labour, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
International Business Times 31st March 2014

Manchester Raids Uncover Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation have been uncovered across northern England during the biggest ever police crackdown on organised crime in the region.
International Business Times 30th March 2014

'Slaves' rescued after police raid in Dorset

SIX men thought to be working as slaves have been rescued after a police operation into forced labour and human trafficking in Dorset. Det Supt Connolly added: “Human trafficking is happening up and down the country. “In such cases victims are often forced to live and work in poor and unsanitary conditions, sometimes with little or no pay. Some may not recognise themselves as victims and, even if they do, they may feel unable to speak to the police or other authorities.
Dorset Echo 26th March 2014

Exposed: the exploitation of girls in UK gangs

The government is facing intense pressure to prevent more young girls from being lured into criminal gangs, as a shocking report exposes how they are subjected to brutal sexual exploitation and used to hide weapons and carry drugs for male gang members.
The Observer 22nd March 2014

Gloucester police make four child trafficking arrests

Four people have been arrested in Gloucestershire on suspicion of child trafficking and sex offences.
More than nine alleged victims, aged between 14 and 17, have been identified by police in Operation Garner so far.
BBC News 17th March 2014

Labour's human trafficking Bill gets Scottish Government backing

A Labour Bill calling for a Scottish anti-human trafficking strategy will be given the full support of the Government, justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said.
STV.TV 7th March 2014

Number of UK-born children being trafficked for sexual abuse soars

The number of UK-born children identified as being trafficked for sexual abuse showed a sharp increase last year. The increase could be a result of greater awareness of the NRM and the issue of trafficking after a series of high-profile cases, particularly of young vulnerable girls being trafficked around the UK by exploitative gangs.
The Guardian 18th February 2014

Somerset's human trafficking victims 'need more support'

More support needs to be put in place to help victims of human trafficking in Somerset, a charity has said. Avon and Somerset Police has reported an increase in intelligence on human trafficking coming into the force, and puts this down to "a joined up approach" with other agencies, which it says has led to more referrals and more crimes being reported.
BBC News 14th February 2014

Brothers Igor and Marek Marcin jailed for trafficking men into Derby

TWO brothers - Igor and Marek Marcin - who trafficked vulnerable men from Slovakia and the Czech Republic to Derby have been jailed for a total of seven years and eight months.
Derby Telegraph 7th February 2014

Nigerian woman wins High Court challenge to being denied human trafficking victim status in Northern Ireland

A Nigerian woman who fled to Northern Ireland amid claims of having been forced into sexual slavery has won her High Court challenge to being denied human trafficking victim status.
Belfast Telegraph 4th February 2014

Human trafficking figures are 'tip of the iceberg', charity says

Official figures for human trafficking in Wales are just the "tip of the iceberg", a charity has warned. The number for 2013 is expected to be more than 50, a rise of 47% on 2012, anti-trafficking charity Unseen said.
BBC News 3rd February 2014

Man and woman jailed for trafficking two prostitutes

A man and a woman have been jailed for trafficking two Czech women to Cardiff to work as prostitutes. The women were taken to an address in Cardiff Bay where they operated as prostitutes, working with Bacan and Kurina, who kept their earnings.
BBC News 27th January 2014

Boat slave shame of fishing industry

Officers from the human trafficking squad have carried out raids across several fishing harbours in the UK, freeing dozens of foreign nationals who have effectively been held prisoner and forced to work in horrific conditions.
Scottish Express 25th January 2014

Launch of human trafficking and slavery consultation

Justice Minister, David Ford, has today launched a consultation on further proposals designed to strengthen the response to human trafficking and slavery in Northern Ireland. Minister Ford said: “Human trafficking and slavery are appalling, degrading crimes which devastate the lives of victims and their families. My Department has continued to review legislative opportunities and this document sets out some additional steps on which I would welcome views."
Belfast Telegraph 21st January 2014

Three charged over sexual exploitation in Yeovil appear at Taunton Crown Court

Three people charged following a police investigation into sexual exploitation in. Jon Smillie, aged 27, of Yeovil, is charged with trafficking persons within the UK, for sexual exploitation, between 2006 and 2013. He also faces one count of rape of a girl under the age of 13 between January 1 2006 and November 25 2009, and one count of controlling a child aged 13 to 17 involved in prostitution/pornography between 2006 and 2011.
Western Daily Press 21st January 2013 

MPs warn Home Office is failing on human trafficking

The Home Office should be stripped of almost all its front-line responsibilities for monitoring human trafficking because of poor decision-making and shambolic data collection, a cross-party group of MPs is expected to recommend this week.
The Independent 19th January 2014

Fears sex trafficking is still rife in Croydon despite prosecutions

Last week, four men and one woman were sentenced to between three and six years for trafficking up to 60 women from Hungary and forcing them to work as prostitutes. However, investigators state that this is only the “thin edge of the wedge for trafficking in the area”.
Croydon Advertiser 18th January 2014

Gang used 6 Crawley hotels as brothels after smuggling 60 Hungarian prostitutes into UK

A sex-trafficking gang who used at least six hotels in Crawley as brothels over a two-year period have been jailed for a total of more than 23 years. The decision comes after previous arrests were made in January. It is a fantastic outcome for the women that were trafficked and for the police involved. 
Crawley News 15th January 2014

Gang guilty of trafficking women to work as prostitutes

Four men and a woman have been convicted of smuggling women into the UK from eastern Europe and setting them up in hotels and sexually exploited. Some were put up in hotels and brothels in Eastbourne in East Sussex, Folkestone and Margate in Kent, and Woolwich in south-east London. Others were said to have worked out of rooms in student accommodation at Sussex University.
BBC News 7th January 2013


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