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Human trafficking has long history in UK says Solicitor General

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on July 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm
An online human trafficking map outlines the areas inside the UK where more illegal activity by traffickers is occurring according to the number of reported victims of exploitation. Image: UKhomeofffice on Flickr

An online human trafficking map outlines the areas inside the UK where more illegal activity by traffickers is occurring according to the number of reported victims of exploitation. Image: UKhomeofffice on Flickr

Member of Parliament at the House of Commons and Solicitor General for England and Wales Oliver Heald spoke out recently in mid June, 2013 saying progress to stop human trafficking in the UK has been implemented, but crime and abuse by traffickers is still actively taking place within the region. . .

Human Trafficking has both global and local aspects which I will be examining in this speech. The UK has started to achieve significant progress in the fight against trafficking. The government launched a Human Trafficking Strategy in 2011 which takes a comprehensive approach to preventing trafficking activity and maintaining effective care for victims. Make no mistake; we are constantly reviewing how we in Government tackle this evil which threatens the liberties of millions and is a new form of slavery. As you know I am Solicitor General, and the role of the Law Officers is to superintend the prosecuting services in England and Wales. Prosecution is very much the focus of my remarks today.



Why are so many of the UK’s missing teenagers Vietnamese?

In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on July 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Of 113 children and young people on the list – which doesn’t include short term cases, or those excluded for reasons of safety – almost a fifth have Vietnamese names, despite that nation’s diaspora making up less than 0.1% of the British population.

Most are believed to have been trafficked into the UK by gangs, discovered by the police and taken into care.

The children are apparently not running away from their captors, but often back to them – fleeing foster families and care homes in an attempt to repay heavy debts, and protect their families from reprisals in Vietnam.

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Where are minors trafficked from?

In 2012 the UK National Referral Mechanism – a framework for identifying potential victims of human trafficking – received 371 referrals regarding minors.

Van, a 15-year-old Vietnamese boy who appears on the site under a different name, was smuggled into the UK under a lorry and forced to work as a domestic servant for his traffickers. He was later put to work as a “gardener” in a number of cannabis factories across the country.

The top five countries of origin were:

  1. Vietnam – 96
  2. Nigeria – 67
  3. Albania – 25
  4. UK – 22
  5. China – 20

Source: Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

Source: BBC

Foreign Women Turning to Prostitution on Streets of London

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on June 24, 2013 at 9:16 am
A Soho doorway leads to a brothel (Reuters)

A Soho doorway leads to a brothel (Reuters)

A significant proportion said that they were from Romania and were sending money home to their children and families, according to a report by the Eaves for Women charity.

They were said to be soliciting men at the entrance to hotels in areas popular with tourists, such as Park Lane.

“This group of women tend to sell sex on the street in groups and are highly mobile. Some are transported by taxi and privately owned vans to on-street sites known as hotspots for street prostitution,” said the study, with prostitutes spotted leaving cash at makeshift drop sites.

Some prostitutes appeared to be as young as 14.

There were also accounts of “male minders” watching over the women. In one area of London there was a “Godfather-like” figure who controlled many of the Romanian women.

Source: IB Times

Nine convicted over Manchester region paedophile sex ring

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Over the course of several years, the girls were systematically groomed, raped and abused by the defendants. The victims were aged between 13 and 17 at the time of the offences.

In an 11-week trial Liverpool Crown Court heard how the men plied their young vulnerable victims with alcohol, food and money in return for sex.

On some occasions the girls were beaten if they didn’t agree to have sex and on others they were so drunk that they didn’t know what was being done to them.

The men, most of whom knew each other, would pass some of the girls around between then and even paid some of the victims to bring them new girls.

One of the victims told police: “At first I was scared, then after that it…just didn’t bother me anymore…At first I felt dead bad and horrible, but then I didn’t feel anything.”

The rape claims came to light in 2008 when a 15 year-old girl was arrested at a take-away in Rochdale by officers attending reports of a disturbance.

Once in custody she pleaded with Greater Manchester Police not to take her back to the property claining she would fall-back into the hands of her alleged abusers.

Source: Click Manchester

Girl forced to have sex with 20 men in one night

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

A SEX grooming gang targeted white girls because they were not part of their “community or religion” said a judge, as he jailed them for a total of 77 years.

Detectives are now preparing to make more arrests after they revealed they suspect up to 50 mainly Pakistani-born men took part in the abuse.

But despite the judge’s hard-hitting comments, police in Greater Manchester in the UK continued to insist that the men’s race and religion were not factors in their crimes.

Yesterday senior politicians clashed over the case – with one former Labour MP claiming police and social workers ignored complaints because they were “petrified of being called racist”.

With experts on paedophilia insisting street grooming by Muslim men was a real problem, Judge Gerald Clinton made it clear he believed religion was a factor.

Source: Adelaide Now

Romanian couple jailed for sex trafficking in Birmingham

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

Romanian nationals Ionut Nicolae and Vasillica Tirei lured the victim into leaving her homeland with a job offer.

She was then forced to work as a prostitute at a house in Birmingham and made to sleep with nearly 2,000 men.

At an earlier hearing, a jury at Birmingham Crown Court had returned unanimous guilty verdicts.

Hayley Firman, from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This conviction is a result of the overwhelming courage of the victim who did go to the police and give evidence against these defendants whose business was to induce her into leaving her family and friends on the false promise of earning money in Britain.

“Her reality was that she was isolated and forced into a life of prostitution against her will through fear of violence and retribution all for their own financial gain.

Source: BBC

Brit girl: ‘My six months of agony as Albanian villain’s £25-a-time hooker’

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Kas moved to northern Italy but the pair kept in touch. Six years later, he invited her on holiday. She recalls: “Kas was funny and charming. I began to see him as a boyfriend.”

But on the third day of the trip, Kas revealed he was not an IT expert as he claimed — but a drug dealer with a fake passport who owed £100,000 to gangsters over a bungled deal.

He told Sophie he had brought her to Italy to sell her body to pay off his debts.

Sophie says: “I tried to tell myself it was all some elaborately cruel joke.”

Her protests were met with a blow to the head and a more sinister threat.

Fighting back tears, she recalls: “He asked me how old my twin brothers were and when I replied, ‘Thirteen’ he raised a carving knife and said that he would get someone to take them away and harm them.

“Then he took my passport. Finally, he drove me to a remote lake and told me this was where he would drown me if I ever disobeyed him. I felt I had no choice. If I didn’t do as I was told or tried telling anyone, he’d kill me and my family would be at risk.”

In a final act of cruelty, Sophie was forced to call her family and reassure them she was fine. She says: “My voice was shaking. Mum told me if I ever got into trouble I should ask her how Aunt Linda was. She said it could be our code for help.” The following night Kas forced Sophie to get ready for work.

 Source: The Sun

Child trafficking raises alarm in the UK

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on February 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

The report refers to an “emerging issue” of British children being trafficked within the UK, which includes recruitment, transportation, transfer and harboring of children for the purpose of exploiting them.

It also found that traffickers and pimps have been using young children for prostitution, drug trafficking and crimes in the UK.

Moreover, according to the report, exploitations of children occur in “very, very, ordinary” places such as lower middle class and middle class neighborhoods.

The method of traffickers is that men lure girls into prostituting themselves with drugs and gifts by acting as boyfriends. The girls usually go ‘missing’ from home to be with pimps, and succumb to prostitution due to rape, violence and threats.


Deaf Pakistani girl describes ordeal as sex slave

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude, Sex Trafficking on February 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

 A young, deaf Pakistani woman says she was only 10 when she was trafficked into Britain where she was repeatedly raped and beaten for nearly a decade.

The woman, now in her 20s, told a court Monday that she was kept in a cellar and forced to work as a virtual slave.

A Pakistani couple — 83-year-old Ilyas Ashar and his wife, 66-year-old Tallat Ashar — are accused of false imprisonment, human trafficking, sexual offenses, violence and benefit fraud. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Source: USA Today

Girl, 10, kept as ‘virtual slave’ in Eccles cellar

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

The orphaned youngster from Pakistan was forced to work for no pay and was sexually assaulted, a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court was told.

She was locked in a cellar each night.

Ilyas Ashar, 83, and his wife, Tallat Ashar, 66, deny charges of false imprisonment, human trafficking, sexual offences, violence and benefit fraud.

The girl, now aged between 19 and 21, would sleep on a concrete floor in the cellar of the couple’s house in Cromwell Road, Eccles, Greater Manchester, after she was brought to Britain in June 2000, prosecutor Peter Cadwallader told the jury.

She was never paid and only given food and lodging, Mr Cadwallader told the jury.

The girl was made to cook, clean, do washing and ironing and clean the houses and cars of family and friends of the Ashar’s, the court heard.

She would be kept in the cellar to work for hours packing football shirts and clothes and mobile phone covers, the jury was told.

The “extremely vulnerable” girl was “the ideal target” for exploitation, Mr Cadwallader said.

(BBC News)

I’m not sure why the article details the abuse as “virtual” enslavement – her conditions absolutely constitute slavery and human trafficking per the Paloma Protocol.

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