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A three-year-old girl was hidden in the boot of a car with two adults as a gang tried to smuggle Albanian nationals into the UK. Six people have been jailed for their role in what Judge Simon James described as "a professionally organised criminal organisation" set up to profit from…
The head of a traveller family who helped to run a modern day slavery ring has been jailed for 10 years and nine months. Martin Rooney, aged 57, was among 11 gang members convicted of involvement in offences which included the keeping of one man in "truly shocking" conditions for…
A British woman suspected of being one of the ringleaders of a criminal network involved in trafficking young women for sexual exploitation has been charged under the Modern Slavery Act. Joesphine Iyamu, 50, was arrested by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers after she landed at Heathrow Airport on a flight…
Almost 100 suspected trafficking victims have been intercepted by a specialist border force at Glasgow Airport, it has been revealed. The Home Office Border Force team - trained to spot the signs of trafficking - has interviewed more than 300 potential victims at the airport since the start of Operation…
Members of a traveller family have been convicted of running a modern slavery ring which kept one of its captives in "truly shocking" conditions for decades. Vulnerable people were forced to work for the Rooney clan for little or no wages, while their pay-masters lived a life of lavish luxury.…
Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is much more prevalent than previously thought, with cases affecting "every large town and city in the country", the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The body is currently assisting on 300 live police operations targeting modern slavery, with alleged victims as…
The number of suspected victims of slavery and human trafficking has more than doubled in three years. There were 3,805 people reported as potential victims in 2016, an increase from 1,745 in 2013, according to National Crime Agency (NCA) statistics. Britons, Albanians and Vietnamese were the most commonly reported suspected…
Five people have been arrested in connection with alleged human trafficking and related offences. Three men aged 28, 35 and 58 and two women aged 25 and 40 are being held in custody following an intelligence-led operation by Police Scotland on the southside of Glasgow. Officers from the specialist crime…
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