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Home Secretary Announces plans for Modern Slavery Bill to eradicate Human Trafficking
Tougher sanctions are to be brought in to tackle modern-day slavery in the UK, Home Secretary Theresa May has said. Writing in the Sunday Times, May states, "Vulnerable people from all over the globe are trafficked into Britain every day. Most end up working as modern-day slaves, without pay, without rights and without hope."
BBC News 25th August, 2013
London woman arrested for attempted baby trafficking
A Willesden woman who tried to smuggle a newborn baby into the UK by pretending he was her son has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Brent and Kilburn Times, 12th August 2013
75 Arrested in Chinese Human Trafficking Ring Bust in Spain and France
Police said the traffickers charged 40-50,000 euros (£34-43,000) per person to provide "false identities and transport Chinese citizens to the United States and countries such as Spain, France, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Turkey".
Sky News, 10th August 2013
Arrests made in Kent on suspicion of humans being trafficked into food industry.
The action was taken following an extensive multi-agency investigation between Kent Police and the GLA after allegations were made workers were being forced to live in squalid conditions and threatened with violence if they did not comply with their supervisor's instructions. The workers were working in a number of different industries including the food industry.
This is Kent, 9th August 2013
Information packs introduced to schools by the Department for Justice in Northern Ireland
Northern Irish Justice Minister David Ford commented "We cannot close our eyes to the fact that human trafficking is happening in Northern Ireland and raising the awareness of our young people to this crime is essential to enable them to spot the signs."
Belfast Telegraph, 8th August 2013
By the time today is through another 26 people - mostly women and children - will have been rescued from slavery in towns and cities across Europe
Opinion on how what is happening in terms of human trafficking today is worse than the transatlantic slave trade.
Public Service Europe.com, 1st August 2013
Women are not just trafficked to work in the sex industry
“There is a growing realisation that labour trafficking is a much wider, more subtle phenomenon, and, in terms of numbers, an extensive problem affecting women from all over the world” says Cathy Zimmerman, a global trafficking researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The Guardian, 1st August 2013
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