Edition:
United Kingdom

Kieran Guilbert

Target traffickers' cash to compensate victims, lawmakers urge UK

21 Mar 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Police and judges in Britain must do more to seize human traffickers' illicit gains and ensure that victims receive financial compensation under the country's anti-slavery law, politicians said in a review of the legislation on Thursday.

Drug gangs drive huge rise in UK child slavery cases

20 Mar 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Modern slavery cases involving British children doubled in 2018 as criminal gangs exploit and use more young people to deal drugs, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Wednesday.

Migrant workers face abuse, slavery threat in post-Brexit Britain

19 Mar 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Migrant workers coming to Britain after Brexit for temporary jobs in farming, construction and cleaning risk being exploited and falling into modern slavery under government plans to minimize labor shortages, according to labor rights experts.

UK urged to back law to help trafficking survivors win justice

14 Mar 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Survivors of modern slavery in Britain should be allowed to remain in the country for a year to recover and help bring traffickers to justice, campaigners said on Thursday as they urged the government to back a proposed law supporting victims.

Europe accused of failing UK-bound children trafficked from Vietnam

07 Mar 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of children trafficked to Britain from Vietnam are being abused and exploited while traveling through Europe as governments pass the buck on their protection amid growing anti-immigration sentiment, three charities said on Thursday.

UK anti-slavery agency offers carrot before stick to businesses

05 Mar 2019

LONDON, Mar 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Businesses in Britain seeking to tackle labor abuses and modern slavery in their supply chains should feel able to speak out without fearing unduly harsh punishments, the new head of the nation's anti-slavery agency has said.

Foreign maids fearful after visit by UK law enforcement

26 Feb 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign domestic workers in Britain who have been exploited or enslaved could be deterred from seeking help after law enforcement visited a support group demanding the whereabouts of one of their members, the head of the charity said on Tuesday.

UK appoints top cop as new anti-slavery chief after criticism over delay

22 Feb 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of Britain's most senior police officers was on Friday appointed the country's new anti-slavery chief, about 10 months after the inaugural commissioner resigned expressing frustration about government interference in his role.

Exclusive: Soaring number of suspected slaves in UK sparks alarm over support

08 Feb 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least 7,000 suspected victims of modern slavery were uncovered in Britain last year, up a third on 2017, according to data that campaigners said on Friday raised concerns about the government's ability to support a growing number of survivors.

Exclusive: Uzbek teachers, nurses 'forced' to clean streets and harvest wheat

07 Feb 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nurses and teachers in Uzbekistan are being forced by officials to clean streets, plant trees and harvest wheat or face the sack, fines or pay cuts, despite a government drive to end state-imposed work, labor rights groups said on Thursday.

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