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presstv-‘british police failing to tackle slavery cases’

Anew report criticizes British police for failing to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking, leaving the victims unprotected.“While modern slavery cases can be complex and require significant manpower, many of the shortcomings in investigating these cases reflect deficiencies in basic policing practice,” Wendy Williams, the Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services said on Tuesday.Modern slavery is an umbrella term used for various forms of coercion reminiscent of ancient slavery, where victims faced exploitation from forced labor or forced marriage and refusal amounted to threats, violence and abuse of power.The report also added that even when the victims were identified, investigations were closed prematurely, with senior officers openly expressing their unwillingne

presstv-'slavery a reality in low-wage british economy'

Modern slavery is a reality in Britain and migrants are being increasingly recruited to low-paid jobs to propel the British economy, an analyst says,Britain was highly dependent on a low-wage migrant work force, a phenomenon which has given birth to a form of modern slavery in the country, Chris Bambery, a political activist and author, said in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.“The emergence of slavery in Britain is a direct product of what happens in the labor market which depends on a low-wage economy, but (also) depends on high levels of migrant labor,” Bambery, said.The expert said that like many other countries, migrants working in Britain were deprived of sufficient protections against potential exploitation.He said in most cases, the workers are unable to report abuses to poli

slavery cases in london up by 60%

The number of slavery cases reported in London is expected to leap by more than 60 per cent this year, according to the head of the Metropolitan Police's modern-day slavery and kidnap unit.DCI Phil Brewer said the force expects as many as 1,600 cases of human trafficking to be referred to it in 2017, an increase on the 1,000 from 2016, which was itself a 260 per cent rise on the year before that.The figures "will come as a blow to Theresa May who as Home Secretary led the fight against modern-day slavery", says The Guardian.Despite government action against human trafficking, culminating in the Modern Day Slavery Act 2015, campaigners say many potential cases are still being missed. Tamara Barnett of the Human Trafficking Foundation said: "Victims are not being identified. When they are be

the truth of the anti-slavery society | books & essays

In The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838-1956: A History, James Heartfield presents a detailed analysis of this hugely influential organisation. Known simply as the Anti-Slavery Society, it was formally established in 1839, after the abolition of slavery in the British dominions, to tackle slavery worldwide. Heartfield shows how the Anti-Slavery Society rose to prominence and framed international policymaking through its close ties with key political figures including the late Victorian British prime minister, William Gladstone. Perhaps the friends in high places should not have been a surprise. After all, it was led by men of wealth and prestige, such as its founder Joseph Sturge, a prominent businessman, and Lord Brougham, a one-time Lord Chancellor.Heartfield shows how the

presstv-'uk govt. failing to protect abused women from jail'

The British government’s “disturbing” failure to identify exploitation has resulted in the illegal imprisonment of female victims of human trafficking, a new report shows.A new research by the Prison Reform Trust shows that British police are routinely jailing foreign women who have committed felonies as a result of exploitation and coercion by traffickers in breach of Modern Slavery Act 2015.The report blamed the problem on the government’s “overarching” anti-immigration policy of deporting foreign national offenders as quickly as possible, a strategy that officials say is intended to create a hostile environment for illegal immigrants.The report studied 585 foreign national female prisoners between February 2013 and March 2017 and found that 45 of them were victims or potential victims o

modern slavery: britons make up majority of uk trafficking victims for first tim

According to a report from the National Crime Agency (NCA), a record-breaking number of potential victims of modern slavery and trafficking were reported in the UK last year. See related Modern slavery 'affecting every UK town and city'For the first time ever, British citizens were the largest group of cases, followed by Albanian and Vietnamese nationals.The NCA says the increase in referrals is driven by greater awareness of the issue.The uptick in the reporting of modern slavery is “to be welcomed”, says NCA director Will Kerr. But the figures “almost certainly represent an underestimate of the true scale of slavery and trafficking in the UK”.The report found that forced labour accounted for nearly half of all referrals – 2,352 cases. In a third of cases (1,744), suspected sexual exploit

presstv-uk urged to do more to tackle child slavery

A member of the British Parliament has called for more action to tackle the high rates of child slavery in the United Kingdom as the government ramps up efforts to deal with sex trafficking of girls and gangs' use of children as drug mules.Sarah Champion, a Member of Parliament (MP) for Rotherham, said Wednesday that the rate of exploitation of children by gangs and reports in the media about how girls and boys have been used as slaves were just the "tip of the iceberg."“As a country we have to focus on prevention, not just sit back and be surprised once a child is abused,” said Champion.Authorities announced this week a 2 million pound ($2.6 million) scheme to help stop child slavery in the UK. Britain recorded its highest annual number of slave children last year as some 2,118 kids wee s

presstv-slavery prosecutions in uk rise by 27%

The number of modern slavery prosecutions in the United Kingdom rose by 27% in the past year, according to figures published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).The Modern Slavery Report by the CPS showed that referrals to the body from police and other agencies in 2017-18 rose by 31% to 355, the highest ever recorded.Some 5,145 potential victims of slavery were referred to authorities last year, an increase of 35 percent on the year before, and the National Crime Agency suspects the number will continue to rise.The CPS warned that drug gangs are exploiting “vulnerable people, often children, to move and sell drugs across the country.”One notable case of modern slavery conviction included a drug gang that had trafficked Vietnamese women to work in nail bars and a Slovakian family who fo

presstv-uk accused of underestimating slavery

Rights campaigners have accused the British government of lagging behind in estimating how many people are being exploited as slaves in the country, saying data provided by the Home Office on the issue are not correct.“This is likely to be seriously flawed as it is based on outdated estimates from 2014 of up to 13,000 people in slavery,” said Jakub Sobik, a spokesman for Anti-Slavery International, on Wednesday.The interior ministry announced its estimates about the scale and costs of modern slavery in Britain on Monday, saying the problem was creating a loss of 4.3 billion pounds ($5.7 billion) each year. The number of slaves estimated by the ministry, however, was around one tenth of figure recorded by human rights group Walk Free Foundation in its 2018 Global Slavery Index. The report s

presstv-‘uk failing to fight modern child slavery’

Activists have warned that the United Kingdom lacks a proper strategy to fight modern-day children slavery as thousands of children are now victims of abuse and trafficking in the country.The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a group of charities, said Tuesday that the UK government was unable to formulate an integrated policy to fight children enslavement, adding that a fragmented approach to the issue and lack of specialist care had caused a record number of young victims to suffer from enslavement in the UK.The ATMG said Britain was more focused to provide help to children who have been exploited by modern slavers, including those who have been raped and forced to move drugs from cities to rural areas. It added, however, that the government had no clear prevention strategy and t

nail salons used as a front for modern slavery

The police have warned that British high street nail salons are operating as a front for organised crime, including trafficking and slavery.See related Modern slavery: Britons make up majority of UK trafficking victims for first timeSlavery cases in London up by 60%The salons – particularly Vietnamese nail bars – are using their cash-only structure to launder money from cannabis farms and prostitution. According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), they are moving child slaves between branches in order to avoid detection. The nail bars are also linked to illegal immigration, the NCA says. The agency is currently carrying out 500 investigations into modern slavery. Albanians, Vietnamese and British nationals are the most common potential victims, the Daily Mail says.According to Adam Thompso

revolt of the modern-day ‘slaves’ | slavery and trafficking

From the perspective of what’s left of the British establishment, it makes a certain sense. It’s a cause that can burnish its campaigners with the lustre of moral purpose, and can command a near universal consensus. After all, the British state is standing against slavery here – and who doesn’t think that treating someone as a piece of property to be traded and used as their owners see fit is morally abhorrent? Who wouldn’t want it outlawed? That’s probably why it has already been outlawed – nearly 200 years ago in Britain with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.Of course, what May and friends talk about now is not slavery of the chattel variety. Yes, they’re leeching off the moral repugnance generated by the idea of the slave trade, and they’re seeking to furnish their cause with the same

revolt of the modern-day ‘slaves’ | slavery and trafficking

From the perspective of what’s left of the British establishment, it makes a certain sense. It’s a cause that can burnish its campaigners with the lustre of moral purpose, and can command a near universal consensus. After all, the British state is standing against slavery here – and who doesn’t think that treating someone as a piece of property to be traded and used as their owners see fit is morally abhorrent? Who wouldn’t want it outlawed? That’s probably why it has already been outlawed – nearly 200 years ago in Britain with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.Of course, what May and friends talk about now is not slavery of the chattel variety. Yes, they’re leeching off the moral repugnance generated by the idea of the slave trade, and they’re seeking to furnish their cause with the same

presstv-80% rise in human trafficking cases in uk

Official statistics show the number of potential human trafficking victims identified in the UK has surged by nearly 80 percent in a year, triggering concerns about modern slavery.The latest available data from the National Crime Agency (NCA) goes back to 2015, with 306 cases of trafficking reported by local councils and over ten-fold that number by other sources.Some cities saw a very clear surge in the number of reported human trafficking victims and greater Manchester experienced a 197 percent increase.Authorities say labor exploitation is the most common fate of trafficking victims in Britain.In spite of the significant increase in the reported cases of abuse, there are still up to 13,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK.The number of victims of human trafficking in the UK rose i

presstv-modern slavery shockingly high in developed world

Britain is home to about 136,000 modern slaves, a global survey found on Thursday — a figure 10 times higher than government estimates that points to emerging forms of slavery, police and campaigners said.About one in 500 people in Britain were trapped in modern-day slavery in Britain on any given day in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index (GSI) by rights group Walk Free Foundation, which says the crime affects 40 million globally.The government estimated in 2013 that only about 13,000 people in Britain were modern-day slaves — trapped in forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude — while the police have said there are likely to be tens of thousands."This report reinforces that we are dealing with an evolving threat," said Tom Dowdall of the National Crime Agency

modern slavery 'affecting every uk town and city'

Slavery is happening now in every major urban centre in the UK, according to a new report by the National Crime Agency.More than 300 police investigations are under way, dealing with "tens of thousands of victims" of modern slavery across the country, the report says. It warns that estimates of 10,000 to 13,000 victims in the UK are the "tip of the iceberg", and says the problem affects "every large town and city in the country". A surge in operations focusing on labour and sexual exploitation over the past three months has uncovered a wide range of cases, says The Guardian, "ranging from a Romanian organised crime gang making €5m (£4.5m) from advertising prostitutes online and laundering the proceeds, to a 12-year-old girl being trafficked into the UK to take children to school".There wer

mauritania jails slave-owner for 20 years in harshest ruling

Dakar: Two slave-owners in Mauritania face 10 and 20 years in prison after a court handed down the country's harshest anti-slavery ruling yet.The West African country criminalised slavery in 2007 and this was the third ever prosecution. In past cases, slave-owners were sentenced to two to five years.
Salim Ould Mahmoud escaped a life of slavery in eastern Mauritania by running from the campsite in broad daylight, in Nouakchott. Photo: AP/File"This is a big victory," Jakub Sobik of Anti-Slavery International told the Thomson Reuters Foundation."The sentences are quite high and in line with the law, which is by no means a given."
Slavery was only outlawed in the east African country in 1981. Photo: Google MapsSlavery is a historical practice in Mauritania, which became the last country w

mauritania jails slave-owner for 20 years in harshest ruling

Dakar: Two slave-owners in Mauritania face 10 and 20 years in prison after a court handed down the country's harshest anti-slavery ruling yet.The West African country criminalised slavery in 2007 and this was the third ever prosecution. In past cases, slave-owners were sentenced to two to five years.
Salim Ould Mahmoud escaped a life of slavery in eastern Mauritania by running from the campsite in broad daylight, in Nouakchott. Photo: AP/File"This is a big victory," Jakub Sobik of Anti-Slavery International told the Thomson Reuters Foundation."The sentences are quite high and in line with the law, which is by no means a given."
Slavery was only outlawed in the West African country in 1981. Photo: Google MapsSlavery is a historical practice in Mauritania, which became the last country w

ban tackles and scrums from school rugby: british academics

Schools should ban the tackle and other forms of "harmful contact" in rugby games to reduce the risk of injury, according to British experts.In an opinion piece published in the British Medical Journal, the academics argue that most injuries in youth rugby are caused by the game's collision elements, especially the tackle.

mauritania jails slave-owner for 20 years in harshest ruling

Dakar: Two slave-owners in Mauritania face 10 and 20 years in prison after a court handed down the country's harshest anti-slavery ruling yet.The West African country criminalised slavery in 2007 and this was the third ever prosecution. In past cases, slave-owners were sentenced to two to five years.
Salim Ould Mahmoud escaped a life of slavery in eastern Mauritania by running from the campsite in broad daylight, in Nouakchott. Photo: AP/File"This is a big victory," Jakub Sobik of Anti-Slavery International told the Thomson Reuters Foundation."The sentences are quite high and in line with the law, which is by no means a given."
Savery was only outlaws in the east African country in 1981. Photo: Google MapsSlavery is a historical practice in Mauritania, which became the last country wor

presstv-'uk failing to crack down on acid attacks’

The British government has failed to tackle the rising the number of acid attacks in the country, as authorities impose lenient penalties for attackers, an expert says.UK authorities could make it more difficult for attackers to use acid and corrosive substances in acts of violence, Rodney Shakespeare, an academic and expert on political and social issues from London, said Thursday during a phone interview with Press TV.“You cannot allow the culture to go on of gangs using acid attacks, we have to stamp it out, the government has not done enough to do this,” said Shakespeare.The expert compared the rise of acid attacks in the UK to the surging race riots in Notting Hill area in London in 1958, when courts introduced harsh punishments for many involved in the riots. He said the shock create

presstv-uk police using minors in police operations

,UK Police Using Minors In Police Operations
British police and spy agencies are trying to enhance their covert operations across Britain. And in doing so, they are adopting a controversial and chilling method. A new UK parliamentary report has revealed that British authorities are deploying children as spies in secret operations against terrorists, gangs and sexual abuse rings.

presstv-'uk failing to crackdown on acid attacks’

The British government has failed to tackle the rising the number of acid attacks in the country, as authorities impose lenient penalties for attackers, an expert says.UK authorities could make it more difficult for attackers to use acid and corrosive substances in acts of violence, Rodney Shakespeare, an academic and expert on political and social issues from London, said Thursday during a phone interview with Press TV.“You cannot allow the culture to go on of gangs using acid attacks, we have to stamp it out, the government has not done enough to do this,” said Shakespeare.The expert compared the rise of acid attacks in the UK to the surging race riots in Notting Hill area in London in 1958, when courts introduced harsh punishments for many involved in the riots. He said the shock create

presstv-uk 'failing' to save children from modern slavery

Britain is failing to protect thousands of children from being trafficked and enslaved, activists said on Tuesday, criticizing the government for lacking a clear strategy to stop girls being sexually abused and gangs using young people as drug mules.The government's approach to tackling child trafficking is fragmented and young victims lack specialist care at a time when a record number of child slaves are being uncovered, said the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a group of charities.In Britain, 2,118 children suspected to have been trafficked - mostly trapped in sexual exploitation, domestic servitude or forced labor - were referred to the government last year, up 66 percent on 2016 and the highest annual number on record.About a third were British, many used as drug runners, wh

presstv-anti-slavery protesters rally in paris

Protesters marched through the streets of Paris on Saturday, in protest against reports of slavery in Libya.People held banners reading "stop slavery in Libya in the 21st century," and marched through the center to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Mano, one of the protesters, said he had not wanted to come to France. "It's not like we want to come to Europe. It's because Sarkozy went to destroy Libya."The protest was triggered by the recent CNN report of its undercover journalists filming men being sold at auction in Libya.

presstv-tens of thousands of slavery victims in uk: report

Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is "far more prevalent than previously thought," with potentially tens of thousands of victims across Britain, according to a new report.There were more than 300 live policing operations currently, with cases affecting "every large town and city in the country,” the National Crime Agency said in its report.The NCA said previous estimates of 10,000-13,000 victims in the UK were found to be the "tip of the iceberg."“It’s likely in the tens of thousands,” the NCA's vulnerabilities director Will Kerr said. “The more we look for modern slavery the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable. The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone had previously thought.”Human trafficking i

presstv-uk slavery hotline uncovers 5,000 victims in 1st year

Britain’s modern slavery helpline received thousands of calls in its first full year and identified nearly 5,000 potential victims being exploited in car washes, construction sites, nail bars and brothels, an anti-trafficking charity said on Monday.Unseen, which runs the hotline, said the 3,710 calls from the public and from victims last year led to about 1,450 referrals to anti-slavery groups, the National Crime Agency - dubbed Britain’s FBI - and every police force in the country.At least 13,000 people across Britain are estimated by the government to be victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - but police say the true figure could be in the tens of thousands with slavery operations on the rise.“Our actions are directly supporting people out of exploitation an

it isn’t only trump who’s demeaning the civil war | politics | usa

The amendment that ended slavery — which was made possible by the Civil War and the victory of the Union — is said to have sustained slavery through the backdoor. In the words of columnist Shaun King, a fan of the documentary, with ‘a wink and a nod’, it allowed slaveryto continue’. In short, the Civil War wasn’t really about ending slavery; the North was not ‘good’.This interpretation implies that lawmakers in the North were indifferent to the abolition of slavery. In truth, the wording of the Thirteenth Amendment was plucked from the Northwest Ordinance, which, even before the Civil War, had successfully prevented slavery in the mid-Western states. That is, the amendment was unquestionably intended to end slavery and realise the ideals of those who fought for the Union.The supposedly r

survivor joins hollywood star to urge australia to end modern slavery

Australia is being encouraged to play a leading role in ending the insidious cycle of modern slavery by formally establishing a' Modern Slavery Act'. The subject matter is by no means “glamorous” – nor is the austere grey of Victoria’s Parliament. But, on Wednesday in Melbourne a Hollywood luminary lent her considerable star-power to the cause of ending so-called modern slavery.Rachel Griffiths, the Academy Award nominee attended a federal inquiry assessing Australia’s will to formally establish a Modern Slavery Act.RELATED STORY:Think beyond selfies to tackle child slavery: Rachel GriffithsHollywood star Rachel Griffiths says tourists who travel to Asian orphanages and donate money aiming to help, could actually be fuelling the slave trade.By Ms Griffiths’ side, stood a brave survivor of

presstv-thousands rally in europe to decry slavery in libya

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in different European capitals for a second day to express anger at the practice of slavery in Libya.People in the Swedish capital of, Stockholm, gathered in Sergels Torg Square on Saturday to demand an immediate end to slavery, holding signs reading “Stop the slavery, now, now, now” and “Human rights for all,” as they chanted slogans.More than 50 people were arrested during similar protests in Brussels, the Belgian capital. Violence erupted in that protest when a group of protesters broke away and attacked police, also ransacking shops and hurling projectiles at police, who responded by using water cannon.Meanwhile, hundreds of members of the African community in the German capital of Berlin rallied outside the Libyan Embassy to express th

push for slavery victims to have national redress scheme

Under the proposal, survivors of slavery in Australia would be able to seek compensation of up to $100,000 for a range of serious offences, such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage and sex trafficking.At present, all eight states and territories allow survivors to apply for compensation in limited circumstances, but each jurisdiction differs when it comes to categories of harm, time limits and financial awards.Victoria, for example, offers up to $70,000 in compensation while Tasmania has a maximum rate of $10,000 - but as Anti-Slavery Australia professor Jennifer Burn told Fairfax Media: “This is further complicated in cases where a victim is exploited in more than one state or territory of Australia. In such cases they will be required to lodge multiple applications for redres

presstv-‘1,400 girls forced into sex slavery in holland each year’

Some 1,400 minor girls are annually blackmailed into sex slavery in the Netherlands by male traffickers, a new report says.According to a report by the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, traffickers first attempt to win the affection of a vulnerable teen and then secure a sordid footage of their tryst with their underage female victims in order to blackmail them into sex slavery.The report, citing Carolien van den Honert, a policy officer at the human rights charity Humanitas, said that the traffickers are mostly Moroccans, Turks, Antilleans, and Roma, and that they earn up to €800 per day from pimping teenage prostitutes.She added that all the sex traffickers have one thing in common: “They are real criminals… In many cases, they are part of a larger network that also engages in weapons or

presstv-‘figures reveal uk police racial discrimination’

New statistics have revealed that the Metropolitan Police used force against a disproportionately large number of black people in London over the past three months. Thirty-six percent of the 12,605 people subjected to police force between April and July were black or black British, while those groups account for only about 13 percent of London’s population, according to official figures released by Scotland Yard on Tuesday.Scotland Yard officers used force of varying degrees from handcuffs to guns as many as 139 times a day in London on average, or once every 10 minutes.Data from Britain’s largest police force showed that almost 11,000 of the recorded incidents were against men, 1,600 against women and 37 against people classified by the police as transgender.“This is a deeply troubling re

davos 2018: how big a problem is modern-day slavery?

Thirteen people have been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of slavery, a global problem that has drawn the attention of world leaders in Davos this week.See related Modern slavery 'affecting every UK town and city'Slavery on the rise: The ten worst offending countriesPrime Minister Theresa May has called slavery “the great human rights issue of our time” and has pledged to help eradicate the “barbaric evil” of human trafficking. However, a highly critical report by the Commons Work and Pensions Committee last year said there was an “inexcusable” lack of support for the estimated 10,000 to 13,000 slaves in the UK.More than 40 million people across the globe are living as modern slaves, according to figures compile by the United Nation’s International Labour Organisation and the Walk Free

study finds police use out of court resolutions in over 5,000 domestic abuse cas

A study published in the British Journal of Criminology investigated the nature and extent of UK police use of 'out of court resolutions' in cases of domestic abuse and found that many forces are potentially putting lives at risk. The researchers call for an immediate stop to street level resolutions in cases of domestic abuse involving partners or ex-partners.

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