Archive for the 'trafficking in human beings' Category

Sex trafficking victim gets damages from Home Office – BBC News

“A Moldovan woman who was a victim of sex trafficking and forced into prostitution has obtained substantial damages from the Home Office.”

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BBC News, 11th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Home Office urged to halt deportation of Ghanaian sex trafficking victim – The Guardian

“A charity is calling on the Home Office to halt the forced deportation of a trafficked Ghanian woman who was forced into prostitution and who is HIV positive.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woman used as ‘slave’ wins case against former hospital director – The Guardian

“A former hospital director has been convicted of trafficking a woman from Tanzania to Britain and using her as a ‘slave’, in the first case of its kind to come before a court.”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Coalition to scrap sex trafficking safeguards – The Independent

“Government to close special police units and rebuff EU moves to protect victims and target criminal gangs.”

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The Independent, 6th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Father and son convicted of trafficking women into UK prostitution – The Guardian

“A father and son were today convicted of trafficking women into Britain from Romania and forcing them to work as prostitutes.”

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The Guardian, 18th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v M(L) and Others; Regina v Tabot; Regina v Tijani – WLR Daily

Regina v M(L) and Others; Regina v Tabot; Regina v Tijani [2010] EWCA Crim 2327 ; [2010] WLR(D) 266

“Where a person was a victim of human trafficking, for the purposes of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No 197), and whilst retaining some nexus with the trafficking committed an offence which arguably called, in the public interest, for prosecution, the decision whether to prosecute depended on whether the offence committed was serious enough to call for prosecution, which in turn depended on all the circumstances of the case, the gravity of the offence alleged, the degree of continuing compulsion, and the alternatives reasonably available to the defendant. The prosecution was not obliged by art 10 of the Convention to advise a defendant’s solicitors of the availability of human trafficking referral agencies or to refer a represented defendant to those agencies, unless there were something unusual about the defendant’s case, but were obliged to remind the defendant’s solicitors of the existence of those agencies.”

WLR Daily, 25th October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Newhaven people smugglers jailed – UK Border Agency

“A couple who tried to smuggle 2 illegal immigrants into Britain in the boot of their hire car have been jailed.”

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UK Border Agency, 21st October 2010

SOurce: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Sex trafficking gang offered to sell young virgins to wealthy Arabs – The Guardian

“An Iranian gang who tried to sell young female virgins to wealthy Arabs charging up to £150,000 a girl, was jailed for sex trafficking and prostitution today.”

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The Guardian, 14th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mother jailed for treating Indian restaurant workers ‘like slaves’ – Daily Telegraph

“A mother who brought men into the country to work as ‘slaves’ in her award-winning Indian restaurant has been jailed for three years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Doctor to be charged with modern-day slavery – Daily Telegraph

“A doctor who smuggled a woman into Britain to work for her has become the first person in Britain to be charged with modern-day slavery.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

UK brothel users escape crackdown on forced prostitution – The Guardian

“Men who use brothels are escaping a new law intended to crack down on the coercion of women into prostitution, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 18th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Romanians jailed for making their children beg and steal – The Guardian

“A Romanian couple who exploited their seven children as beggars and thieves in and around London have been jailed at Reading crown court for two and a half years for child cruelty.”

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The Guardian, 30th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS launches consultation on human trafficking public policy – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today began a public consultation on its Public Policy Statement on Human Trafficking.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 29th July 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

People trafficking protection measures slammed – The Independent

“Measures to protect victims of people smuggling are ‘not fit for purpose’ and may be illegal, a report claimed today.”

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The Independent, 16th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Man jailed for smuggling immigrants across Channel – The Independent

“A man who claimed he was a human rights activist was jailed for six years today after he smuggled 20 illegal immigrants across the Channel in a 50ft yacht.”

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The Independent, 26th March 2010

Source: www.inedpendent.co.uk

Couple jailed for multi-million prostitution ring – The Independent

“A couple who ran a multi-million-pound prostitution ring of trafficked young women and girls were behind bars today.”

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The Independent, 4th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Anti-slavery laws’ before Lords – BBC News

“The House of Lords is expected to vote later on proposed new laws for England and Wales to deal with what campaigners are calling modern-day slavery.”

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BBC News, 26th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Heathrow trafficker jailed – UK Border Agency

“A Swedish man has been jailed for trafficking Sri Lankans into Britain through Heathrow.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 9th September 2009

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Two found guilty of human trafficking offences – UK Border Agency

“A Mauritian-born couple have been found guilty of four counts of human trafficking and three counts of employing illegal workers.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 9th June 2009

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Family jailed for sex trafficking – BBC News

“Three members of a Hungarian family have been jailed for trafficking women to the UK for sexual exploitation, by an Inner London Crown Court judge.”

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BBC News, 4th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Child trafficking into Britain accelerating, figures show – The Guardian

“Suspected victims of child trafficking from Asia, Africa and the Middle East are being smuggled through Britain’s leading ports and airports at an accelerating rate, new figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.”

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The Guardian, 14th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New measures to boost United Kingdom fight against human trafficking – UK Border Agency

“Victims of human trafficking will receive better protection and support under new measures coming into force in the United Kingdom today.”

Full press reelase

UK Border Agency, 1st April 2009

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

UK fight against human trafficking – Home Office

“Victims of human trafficking will receive better protection and support under new measures coming into force in the UK today.”

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Home Office, 1st April 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

£3.7m for victims of human trafficking – Ministry of Justice

“Victims of human trafficking will be helped to escape prostitution and domestic servitude following the award of a new £3.7 million government grant to the POPPY Project, Justice Minister Maria Eagle announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th March 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Report uncovers child trafficking – BBC News

“Children as young as three are being trafficked to Wales from China, Bangladesh and Nigeria for sex, drugs and domestic servitude, a study shows.”

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BBC News, 18th March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sex trafficking victims win record payout – The Independent

“Four Eastern European women kept as sex slaves have won more than £600,000 damages against a people trafficker and his wife who imprisoned and abused them in brothels across London.”

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The Independent, 20th February 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Pair jailed over sex trafficking – BBC News

“Two people have been jailed for their part in the trafficking and exploitation of women for sex in Kent.”

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BBC News, 15th December 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Outlawed: sex with trafficked prostitutes – The Independent

“Hundreds of thousands of men who buy sex risk acquiring a criminal record under plans set out today to clamp down on prostitution.”

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The Independent, 19th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Catching up with the ‘internet pimps’ – BBC News

“Nine people from Thailand have been jailed for up to two-and-a-half-years for their part in exploiting women who were advertised in ‘online brothels’. They are thought to have made millions of pounds from women trafficked from Asia to the UK for use in the sex trade.”

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BBC News, 12th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Brothel bosses jailed for up to 14 years – The Independent

“A gang of ‘callous’ sex traffickers and brothel bosses, who subjected a terrified teenager and a young mother to a nightmare of ‘sex slavery’, were jailed for up to 14 years each today.”

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The Independent, 4th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina v O – Times Law Reports

Regina v O

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Those who prosecuted defendants charged with immigration offences who might be victims of people-trafficking must be aware of the protocols in relation to such victims enshrined in the Code for Crown Prosecutors; defence lawyers must make inquiries if there was credible material showing that their client might have been such a victim, especially if the client was young.”

The Times, 2nd October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Sex with trafficked women to be criminalised – The Independent

“A clampdown on kerbcrawlers and men who pay for sex with trafficked women has been launched by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.”

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The Independent, 22nd September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Unpaid servant lived in cupboard – BBC News

“A woman who smuggled an unpaid servant into the UK and forced her to sleep in a cupboard has been jailed for two and a half years at Harrow Crown Court.”

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BBC News, 4th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

18,000 women and children trafficked into UK sex trade – The Independent

“Up to 18,000 females, including girls as young as 14, are working in brothels across Britain after being smuggled into the country to meet the booming demand for prostitutes. Police, unveiling the results of the largest ever crackdown on people smuggling yesterday, revealed that nearly five times more women than previously thought are working under duress in massage parlours and suburban homes.”

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The Independent, 3rd July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Illegals firms named and shamed – BBC News

“Companies that employ illegal immigrants are to be named and shamed in a further attempt to crack down on people smuggling.”

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BBC News, 19th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman jailed for smuggling baby – BBC News

“A Nigerian woman has been jailed for 26 months for bringing a child illegally into the UK.”

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BBC News, 16th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pressure grows for guardians to protect trafficked children – The Guardian

“Leading politicians from the three main parties are putting pressure on the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, to halt the disappearance from care of hundreds of suspected victims of child trafficking.”

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The Guardian, 14th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rape warning for men paying for sex – Reuters

“Posters will appear in clubs and pubs from Monday warning men against paying for sex in brothels with exploited or trafficked women.”

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Reuters, 5th May 2008

Source: www.reuters.com

Targeting clients to fight prostitution – Reuters

“The rise of international sex trafficking is causing many countries to rethink their laws on prostitution and re-examine legal frameworks that for decades have treated the purchase of sex as a social nuisance or ‘victimless crime’.”

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Reuters, 22nd April 2008

Source: www.reuters.com

Anti-trafficking drive launched – BBC News

“A campaign urging people to be more aware of human trafficking will be formally launched later.”

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BBC News, 29th January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Trafficked children in care after police raid on “Fagin gangs” – The Guardian

“Twenty-five people were arrested in dawn raids yesterday as police tried to shut down a gang which trafficked children from Romania and forced them to steal and rob on the streets of London.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

People-smuggling gang jailed after five-year investigation – The Times

“A people-smuggling gang that organised the illegal immigration of thousands of Indians into Britain, the US and Canada has been smashed after a five-year investigation.”

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The Times, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Home Secretary Moves to Ratify the Council Of Europe Convention Against Trafficking in 2008 – Home Office

“Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, today announced her intention to ratify the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking by the end of the year. Ratification of the Convention against Trafficking will be yet another milestone in the Government’s concerted strategy to protect the victims of trafficking and bring to justice those that exploit them.”

Full story

Home Office press release, 14th January 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

‘Sex slaves’ win cash in landmark legal deal – The Observer

“Sex slaves smuggled into Britain are set to receive millions of pounds for their ‘pain and trauma’ after a groundbreaking government decision to compensate victims of people trafficking.”

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The Observer, 16th December 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sex trafficking victims rescued by police may face deportation – The Guardian

“Some victims of sex traffickers rescued from prostitution in a new national police crackdown will face deportation, the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, said yesterday. Ms Smith described sex trafficking as a ‘modern-day form of slavery’ but said she could not give an across-the-board guarantee that those rescued would not face deportation as illegal migrants.”

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The Guardian, 4th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New crackdown on sex slave trade – The Independent

“A new campaign against criminals who force trafficked women into the sex trade will be launched today.”

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The Independent, 3rd October 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

No extra funds to fight sex-traffickers – The Times

“The Government will ask police to tackle sex-trafficking next week but is refusing to provide extra funds for the fight against the fastest-growing area of organised crime.”

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The Times, 29th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Men who buy sex could face prosecution – The Guardian

“Ministers are considering proposals to prosecute men for buying sex in a new effort to curb the demand for prostitution, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 10th September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Child trafficking advice issued – BBC News

“Professionals working with children in Wales are to be issued with guidance on how to pick up on child trafficking.”

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BBC News, 28th August 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Crackdown pledged on sex with trafficked women – The Guardian

“The government will ensure that the ‘fathers, brothers and husbands’ who have sex with trafficked girls are prosecuted, Harriet Harman vowed yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Children smuggled into UK for sex abuse and slavery – The Guardian

“The trade in hundreds of children smuggled into the UK for sexual exploitation, drug smuggling, under-age marriage, street crime and domestic slavery was exposed last night in a government report. The Home Office-commissioned survey identifies 330 cases of suspected or confirmed victims of trafficking – most of them from China or from Africa – but warns of an ‘unknown quantity’ that have not come to the attention of the authorities.”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: A scoping project on child trafficking in the UK (PDF)


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