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The role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner needs to be strengthened, a new report has said.A review of the workings of the Modern Slavery Act led by former minister Frank Field said the post, which is currently vacant, should not be filled until the commissioner was given "genuine independence".The report…
Students have been trapped in a human vending machine to highlight the plight of millions of people around the world who are victims of slavery.Hull University marked Human Rights Day by releasing the results of a YouGov poll which showed: Over a third (34%) of adults are unaware that modern-day…
Thirty people will go trial charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield, a judge has ruled.Twenty five of the defendants appeared at Leeds Crown Court (pictured) on Friday.They are charged with a total of 78 offences, including rape, trafficking and sexual assaults involving a…
A licensing scheme should be launched for hand car washes to stop workers being exploited, MPs are urging.Thousands of cheap hand car washes have sprung up in the past 15 years on car parks and disused forecourts, but they often do not pay the minimum wage or holiday pay, the…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is considering his response after a High Court judge declared a decision to cut state cash support to potential victims of human trafficking unlawful.Weekly payouts were cut from £65 to £37.75 in March, a month before Mr Javid took charge at the Home Office.A teenage asylum…
The Scottish Government has published guidance for businesses aimed at helping them identify and prevent human trafficking and exploitation.It calls on firms to carry out checks to ensure workers have access to their identification documents, and to provide employees with training to spot the signs of exploitation.Under the Modern Slavery…
The first ever campaign targeting the perpetrators of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Scotland has been launched by police. Officers said traffickers are making potentially millions of pounds from sexually exploiting victims who are left “highly traumatised” by the experience. The £25,000 campaign aims to raise public awareness of…
A Slovakian gang who made a family business from trafficking workers to the UK and forcing them to work for as little as £5 a day have been jailed. Members of the Cisar family were told to think about the humiliation they caused to the people they exploited, some of…
A drug dealer who trafficked three children including a teenage girl to use in a "county lines" crack and heroin selling ring has been jailed for 14 years after a landmark prosecution. Birmingham-based Zakaria Mohammed, 21, recruited the vulnerable youngsters to extend his drugs network to Lincoln, but was caught…
NHS whistleblowers have uncovered a human trafficking ring as well as exposed a hospital which left just one doctor in charge of hundreds of patients overnight, according to a new report. An increasing number of NHS staff have been raising concerns with Freedom to Speak Up Guardians - roles created…
A London-based nurse who used voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes has had her 14-year prison sentence increased. Solicitor General Robert Buckland went to the Court of Appeal on Thursday to challenge the jail term handed out to Josephine Iyamu. As she…
A London-based nurse who used voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes faces the possibility of an increase in her 14-year prison sentence. Solicitor General Robert Buckland is going to the Court of Appeal on Thursday to challenge the jail term handed out…
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