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The scale of modern slavery in the UK is much greater than previously thought, a watchdog has warned. Kevin Hyland, the independent anti-slavery commissioner, described an official estimate suggesting there are up to 13,000 potential victims as "far too modest". Instead, he put the true number in the "tens of…
Scores of Vietnamese children rescued from traffickers and put into council care have vanished and are feared to have fallen back into the hands of slave gangs, it is reported. According to figures obtained by The Times, 152 Vietnamese youngsters have gone missing from their care and foster homes since…
A former couple are facing jail after they helped fund their child's private education by trafficking women into a "sexual conveyor belt" of prostitution across England and Wales. Malaysian Hong Chin (pictured, left), 45, ran a pit bull dog breeding kennel on a country estate in Esher, Surrey, where his…
Signs that could help identify slavery victims are being flagged up as part of a new campaign launched on Wednesday. Crimestoppers and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) are calling on members of the public to report suspicions about possible modern slavery cases. They say common signs that someone…
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 mother-of-four who attempted to smuggle 12 Vietnamese migrants into Britain broke down in court as she was jailed alongside her former boyfriend. Katy Bethel and Aaron Harris, both 28, were stopped on July 4 2015 at the Eurotunnel check-in at Coquelles, near Calais, as they tried to re-enter the…
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…
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