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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