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Victims of modern slavery and human trafficking are being offered jobs by retail giant the Co-op to help them rebuild their lives. Survivors of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude are being given a four-week paid work placement in the Co-op's food business. The move is being supported by…
Councils have warned of a rise in the number of potential modern slavery victims identified as they called on the public to act as the "first line of defence" in efforts to tackle the scourge. Town halls highlighted official figures showing a jump in cases flagged up to authorities last…
The Prime Minister has been urged in the Lords to take a personal lead in tackling "Dickensian" conditions faced by millions of vulnerable children in England. Labour's Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde said a report by the Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, had exposed "horrific" figures. Opening a debate on…
Police are to investigate claims that children as young as 12 are routinely being sold for sex in one of Scotland's most deprived areas. Locals in the Govanhill area of Glasgow told The Times newspaper of being offered Roma children for sex or being approached outside bars by youngsters themselves.…
More than 25 people have been arrested in overnight raids across the UK and Europe as part of an international investigation into an alleged people smuggling ring. Addresses in England, Bulgaria and Belgium - suspected of being linked to an organised criminal network - were targeted shortly after 5am on…
Slave drivers and human traffickers have been allowed to carry on offending unchecked because of police failings, a watchdog report has warned. Cases are being shelved prematurely, investigations delayed by several months and clear signals of crimes missed, inspectors found. As a result of the shortcomings, those suffering at the…
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…
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