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Slavery levels in UK 'higher than thought'

There could be between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of slavery in the UK, higher than previous figures, analysis for the Home Office suggests. Modern slavery victims are said to include women forced into prostitution, "imprisoned" domestic staff and workers in fields, factories and fishing boats. The figure for 2013 is the first time the government has made an official estimate of the scale of the problem.
BBC News 1 December 2014


13 men guilty of enforced prostitution and rape of vulnerable girls in Bristol

With second group of convictions, story can be told of the sexual abuse of teens – some in local authority care – often for money. Thirteen men, all of Somali origin, have been convicted of the systematic sexual abuse of vulnerable girls as young as 13 in Bristol and officers are investigating claims against 49 other suspects. The victims, some of whom were in local authority care, were groomed and passed around by their abusers – often for money – and assaulted in homes, parks and a hotel. One of the girls was raped at age 13 on the same night by three different men, including a stranger, and thought her life would be in danger if she went to the police.
The guardian  28th November 2014


Domestic workers awarded €240,000 after earning just €2 an hour for ambassador

Jennifer Villaranda, Myra Calderon and Laylanie Laporga won their unfair dismissal claim against UAE Ambassador Khalid Nasser Rashed Lootah and his wife Mehra Metad Alghubaisi. Ms Villaranda said she was delighted with the outcome. “The Chairperson of the Tribunal was appalled by the level of exploitation we suffered,” said Ms Villaranda after the ruling. “We worked for the Ambassador 15 hours a day, seven days a week and we were only paid only €170 per month – less than €2 per hour. “We were constantly on call, our passports were taken and we never had a day off.”
The Independent 27th November 2014


Police investigate claims of slavery in UK fishing fleet

Police are investigating allegations of human trafficking and slavery in parts of Britain's fishing fleet. It is understood that among the claims are allegations that foreign fishermen suffering from exhaustion and malnutrition on UK-owned boats have leapt into the sea off the coast of Britain to escape abusive treatment on board. Details of the inquiry emerged after a man alleged that he was forced to continue working on a British prawn trawler despite having part of his finger ripped off in an accident.
The Independent 23rd November 2014


Three men from Batley charged with human trafficking

Three men have been charged with human trafficking. All three were arrested and charged as part of Operation Tavernhouse, a long-running investigation into the alleged exploitation of migrant workers in the Kirklees area. The men, all from Batley, are aged 39, 46 and 59, and will appear before Kirklees Magistrates’ Court in Huddersfield on December 1.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 20th November 2014

Almost 36m people live in modern slavery – report

Nearly 36 million people worldwide, or 0.5% of the world's population, live as slaves, a survey by anti-slavery campaign group Walk Free says. The group's Global Slavery Index says India has the most slaves overall and Mauritania has the highest percentage. The total is 20% higher than for 2013 because of better methodology. BBC News 17th November 2014


Manchester trafficking ring ‘sold pregnant woman into sham marriage’

Thirteen people arrested for offences including trafficking people for exploitation and conspiracy to breach immigration law. Thirteen people have been arrested over a trafficking ring which saw a pregnant woman tricked into visiting the UK before being sold into a sham marriage. The 10 men and three women, aged between 24 and 57, were detained after police and Home Office officers went to their properties in Greater Manchester on Wednesday.
The Guardian 13th November 2014


Human trafficking gang member jailed

The final member of a gang who trafficked women into south-east England to work as prostitutes has been jailed for two years and nine months. Attila Kolompar was part of a gang of Hungarian nationals and a woman from Sussex who trafficked more than 60 women in their teens and 20s. The gang forced the women to work in hotels in Sussex and Kent and student accommodation at Sussex University.
BBC News 7th November 2014

Migrant Workers Don't Need to Live in Slavery

Imagine that you are offered a job overseas. It promises a salary you couldn't dream of making at home. You've heard that the work is difficult and sometimes dangerous, and you'll have to stay overseas for at least two years with only limited contact with your family. But you have an unexpected need for cash because your kids are sick, or maybe because your family business has gone under, so you decide to apply for the job.
Huffington Post 30th October 2014

'Modern day slavery' farmer David Doran jailed for four years

David Daniel Doran pleaded guilty midway through his trial at Cardiff Crown Court A horse farmer who forced a "terrified" vulnerable man to work unpaid for 13 years in "modern day slavery" has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
BBC NEWS Wales 24th October 2014

Vulnerable man forced into 'modern day slavery'

A vulnerable man was forced to work unpaid for 13 years in "modern day slavery", according to prosecutors. Horse farmer David Daniel Doran, 42, pleaded guilty midway through his trial to making homeless Darrell Simester, from Kidderminster, perform forced or compulsory labour.
BBC News 23rd October 2014

Attorney: Charges against liberated Mauritanian slave dropped

Charges against Mbeirika Mint M'bareck have been dropped and the young woman is now living free from judicial custody, according to her attorney. It's unclear exactly why the charges were abandoned. The attorney, El Id Mohameden M'bareck, said the charges likely were dropped before anti-slavery activists on Monday sent a letter to authorities urging the 15-year-old liberated slave not be prosecuted for having sex outside marriage.
CNN 23rd October 2014

Human trafficking suspect arrested in Birmingham during international police operation on foreign criminals

West Midland police officers arrested a man suspected of being involved in human trafficking in an international crackdown. The Slovakian suspect was found hiding at address in Handsworth by officers acting on intelligence through Operation Trivium.
Birmingham Mail 21st October 2014

Help end ‘abomination’ of modern slavery, says Archbishop

THE Archbishop of York has urged the people of Yorkshire to help shine a spotlight on modern-day slavery in the region after describing the emerging form of criminality as “an abomination in our time”.
The Yorkshire Post 20th October 2014

Anti-slavery group ‘dumbfounded’ by illegal gangmaster’s weak sentence

Outcry after Romanian migrant Gheorge Ionas fined £500 for forcing Armagh apple pickers to endure ‘extreme exploitation’…
the guardian 15th October 2014  


Trafficked and trapped in a spiral of labour exploitation

At the end of the week, instead of earning the £400 that they were promised, they were given just £20 from which they had to pay rent to Jan, leaving them just £8 to buy enough food for a week.
lep News 14th October 2014


Woman who was kept as slave for nine years could get £200k from captors

A landmark court case will attempt to win £200,000 in loss of earnings for a woman kept as a slave for nine years. Greater Manchester Police and Crown lawyers will start the action tomorrow seeking an order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Manchester Evening News 7th October 2014

Speak up and eliminate forced labour – business can be ethical and profitable

When Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January this year, she called on business leaders and industry captains to change the dialogue from “what…
The Conversation 1st October 2014

Human trafficking: 55 victims identified in Scotland last year

Fifty five potential victims of human trafficking were identified in Scotland last year, according to a report. Almost a third (30%) of them experienced sexual exploitation followed by labour exploitation (14%) and criminal exploitation (9%). Romania was the most common country of origin, with nine cases in Scotland.
BBC NEWS Scotland 30th September 2014

Darrell Simester 'terrified' at 'forced work farm'

A "terrified" vulnerable man was made to live in a shed while working unpaid for 13 years, a jury has heard. Homeless Darrell Simester said he was picked up on a dual carriageway by the Doran family and taken to Cariad Farm, near Newport.
BBC NEWS  24th September 2014

Iver man convicted of servitude in first of its kind conviction

A man has been convicted of servitude at Aylesbury Crown Court today (Wednesday, September 16), in what is thought to be the first conviction of its kind in England. John Rooney, aged 35, of Holly Bush Lane in Iver, was convicted by unanimous verdict.
Getbucks 22nd September 2014

Slave raids in Plymouth - police arrest eight and free eight men

EIGHT people have been arrested after eight alleged slaves were freed during dawn raids at addresses in Plymouth and Bodmin. More than 100 police officers were involved in Operation Triage which saw the eight men – all Czech nationals – freed. In addition, officers found 13 children – all believed to be linked to the suspects – at the addresses and all were taken to a place of safety.
The Herald 16th September 2014

British police rescue eight people from caravan site following slavery investigation

British police rescued eight people from "cramped and filthy" conditions at a caravan site following an investigation into them potentially being held as slaves and subjected to work exploitation.
RTE News 16th September 2014

Father and son appear in court accused of keeping a man on their farm for forced labour

A father and a son have appeared at Cardiff Crown Court accused of keeping a vulnerable man on their family farm for forced labour. Daniel Doran, 67, and his son David Doran, 43, are accused of requiring Darrell Simester, 44, to “perform forced or compulsory labour” over three years at their South Wales horse farm.
Walesonline  15th September 2014

Two charged with servitude offences in Dorset

Two people have been charged on suspicion of servitude offences after four people were removed from an address in Dorset. Mary Turner, 60, and David Porter, 63, from Wareham, were charged on Friday after first being arrested on suspicion of benefit fraud in February.
BBC NEWS  15th September 2014

Serena: victim of sexual exploitation

Serena and her family thought she'd get a better life by marrying a man in Britain. Instead she found rape and abuse.
The Telegraph 14th September 2014

Revealed: How the Connors family tried to avoid police as they forced people to work for them

Myriad aliases, hidden bank accounts and concealed documents were just some of the lengths used by the Connors family to avoid the police. Five members of the Staverton-based family of Irish travellers were found guilty in December 2012 of forcing people to work for them and making them live in squalid caravans.
Gloucestershire Echo 13th September 2014

Revealed: Lithuanian mobsters behind human trafficking gangs organising slaves to shoplift from Scottish stores

MANY of those being forced by crooks to shoplift from Scottish high streets are young females from Eastern Europe. HUMAN trafficking gangs are forcing foreign slaves to steal from stores across Scotland in an organised crimewave. Teenagers, many from Eastern Europe, are being press-ganged into shoplifting crews targeting High Street stores in a countrywide blitz.
Daily Record 10th September 2014

Cabbies help human trafficking move

A CAMPAIGN to stop sexual exploitation and forced labour of innocent people in Uttoxeter is being introduced to taxi drivers in the town in their role as 'eyes and ears' of the community.
Uttoxeter  10th September 2014

‘We must get a grip on forced labour menace in region’

Efforts to tackle human trafficking and forced labour are growing in Yorkshire, but a lack of understanding of the problem means hundreds of victims are going unheeded. Rob Parsons and Laura Bowyer report on the trade in human misery.
The Yorkshire Post September 4th  2014

Slaves and Human Trafficking Victims Forced to Work on Cannabis Farms in UK

Slaves held in Britain are growing the cannabis that ends up in millions of joints across the UK. The cultivation of the class B drug by crime gangs in urban homes is being done with the enforced labour of people who often have been trafficked into the country, according to police chiefs.
International Business Times September 1st 2014

Former Coventry man jailed for human trafficking

A former Coventry man has been jailed for 14 years for human trafficking and sexual exploitation. An international operation was launched to bring Albanian national Vladimir Ismaili to justice, with Warwickshire police officers collecting him from Greek police and bringing him home.
ITV August 28th 2014

200 Years After Abolition, Slavery Still a Major Issue in Today's Supply Chains

23 August is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, a date that marks the beginning of the end for the transatlantic slave trade. Unfortunately, this event did not mark the end of slavery altogether. Modern-day slavery in the 21st century remains widespread. The recent Thai fishing industry scandal is just one of the many recent examples.
Sustainable Brands 23rd August 2014

Harrow couple charged with human trafficking

Marius Ciubotariu and his wife, Andreea Ciubotariu both from Harrow were charged yesterday (August 21) with human trafficking an 18 year-old woman into London.
Get West London  21st August 2014

Two men in court charged with 50 human trafficking and forced labour charges relating to Co Armagh operation

Two men have been remanded in custody charged with 50 human trafficking and forced labour charges.
Belfast Telegraph 19th August 2014

Anti-slavery raid officers rescue 20 Romanian victims: Two men charged

Two men are due in court after twenty potential victims of human trafficking were rescued as part of an investigation into slavery in Northern Ireland. The pair, aged 23 and 31, are accused of 50 offences including trafficking, forced labour and acting as an unlicensed gangmaster.
Belfast Telegraph 19th August 2014

Tilbury Docks: Police questioning container survivors

Police are questioning some of the people found inside a shipping container at a port, as they continue to investigate the death of one man. Thirty-five people were discovered on Saturday morning after a freighter arrived at Tilbury Docks from Belgium. Essex Police described the men, women and children - all believed to be from the Indian subcontinent - as victims of "people trafficking".
BBC News 17th August 2014

Cameron balks at probing supply chain in UK anti-slavery bill - MP

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prime Minister David Cameron could have been an anti-slavery hero had he ensured that a draft law to combat slavery contained provisions to prevent the "evil practice" in corporate supply chains, a senior politician said.
Reuters 14th August 2014

Cambridgeshire police launch human trafficking awareness campaign

Cambridgeshire Constabulary will be focussing its efforts on tackling human trafficking this month and members of the public are being asked to help raise awareness of the issue.
ELY STANDARD 24  August 6th 2014

Home Office launches modern slavery awareness campaign

The Home Office will launch a campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery, with a TV advert highlighting the complexity of the issue.
ITV July 31st 2014

Human trafficking activists welcome supreme court ruling on compensation

Campaigners against human trafficking have welcomed a supreme court ruling that victims are entitled to compensation for mistreatment even if their entry into the UK was illegal.
the guardian July 30th  2014

Supreme Court set to rule on rights of trafficked Nigerian girl

The UK's highest court will rule on a landmark decision of whether illegal immigrants should be deprived of fundamental workers' rights, following the appeal of a Nigerian national who was trafficked into the UK.
The Independent July 27th  2014

Cornish police leading the fight against modern slavery

There are an estimated 10,000 slaves in the UK according to the latest statistics - and Cornish police are helping lead the battle to close down the trade.
West Briton July 13th  2014

UK’s modern slavery bill gets its second reading

A piece of legislation aimed at tackling slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude is getting its second reading in Westminster.
blue&green tomorrow July 9th  2014

Forced labour in the United Kingdom.

Forced labour is a serious crime that currently affects thousands of people across the UK – and the number of cases is growing. JRF has supported research into the nature, scale and scope of forced labour in the UK since 2010.
JFR July 8th  2014

Four men arrested in south Wales as part of slavery investigation.

Operation Imperial officers arrest four men in Rumney area of Cardiff as part of long-running forced labour investigation.
the guardian July 7th  2014

Dreams Come True Charity - Human trafficker jailed for three years.

A woman who trafficked vulnerable Lithuanian workers to Bristol locked them in a squalid house and forced them to hand out charity collection bags for little or no pay has been jailed for three years.
The Independent June 30th  2014

Human Trafficking Arrests in Huntindon & St Ives

Eleven people have been arrested following a series of police raids in Huntingdon and St Ives…
Heart June 26th  2014

Primark denies purchasing clothes made in forced labour camps or prisons

Primark has denied it purchases clothing made in forced labour camps or prisons in China in response to claims by a Northern Ireland shopper that she found a message from a Chinese dissident inside trousers bought in one of the company's stores.
The Independent June 24th  2014

London gang forced Hungarian women to have sex with up to  20 men a day.

Scotland Yard has so far arrested 25 gang members in June, all from different criminal groups across Britain who specialise in trafficking women into the UK to work as sex slaves.
International Business Times June 23rd  2014

The Unchosen short film competition in The Guardian today.

Short film competition, organsed by anti-trafficking charity Unchosen, aims to raise awareness of widespread human trafficking, and consumers' complicity in it…
the guardian June 17th  2014

Ilford man, part of London-wide human trafficking operation involving 120 women

A 33-year-old man who threatened and abused girls who were not complicit with the demands of a human trafficking gang is to be sentenced.
Ilford Recorder June 16th  2014

Police and immigration units sting Edinburgh strip club boss amid human trafficking concerns

ADULT Entertainment Industry man Steven MacDonald has been targeted by police probe in to illegal goings on in his clubs
Daily Record June 15th  2014

Labour call to stop UK supermarkets stocking food produced by slaves

It is up to consumers whether they eat prawns processed in Thailand using slave labour, says Cameron's spokesman
the guardian June 11th 2014

Six arrests in London and Peterborough over human trafficking

Six people have been arrested in London and Peterborough in relation to the human trafficking of more than 100 women, the Met has said.
BBC News June 11th  2014

Voluntary guidance on slavery is pointless – only radical action will help

The Sedex slavery code offers good advice for businesses but until laws on forced labour in supply chains are introduced, vulnerable workers will continue to be exploited
the guardian June 5th  2014

The dark reality of modern slavery in the UK

It is thought that 4,500 people in the UK are living as modern day slaves but very few of those responsible are ever caught or brought to justice.
BBC News June 3rd 2014

Judge orders modern-day slaver to pay more than £250k

A man convicted of modern-day slavery charges has been ordered to pay £232,752.68p within six months or face another 3 years in jail.
ITV News June 3rd 2014

Sex trafficking: Three men arrested by Lincolnshire Police

Two Skegness men and another from Hounslow in Essex have been arrested by Lincolnshire Police on suspicion of being involved in sex trafficking in the county.

Lincolnshire Echo May 25th 2014

38 victims of trafficking rescued in Northern Ireland

Thirty-eight suspected victims of human trafficking were rescued in Northern Ireland in the last year, it has emerged.
Belfast telegraph 14th May 2014

Update: Men from Dewsbury and Heckmondwike jailed for human trafficking

Two Hungarian men have been jailed for their part in a large scale human trafficking ring which saw victims lured to Kirklees and forced into near slavery.
Wakefield Express 14th May 2014

Slavery Becomes 'Big Business' In Britain

The number of people being used as "slaves" in the UK is increasing. Ben Cooley, CEO of Hope for Justice, says modern day slavery is big business in the UK, seen as low risk, often cash in hand and high profit.
Sky News  4th May 2014

Woman guilty of luring 'vulnerable' girls into prostitution

A woman who used drugs and alcohol to lure "weak and vulnerable" girls into a life of prostitution has been found guilty of running a child sex ring.
BBC News 1st May 2014

Woman guilty of luring 'vulnerable' girls into prostitution

A woman who used drugs and alcohol to lure "weak and vulnerable" girls into a life of prostitution has been found guilty of running a child sex ring.
BBC News 1st May 2014

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