Modern Day Slavery | Kangs Serious Crime Defence Solicitors
Last month, forty four people, who had been identified in the UK as part of a Europe-wide operation, were arrested in connection with alleged ‘modern day’ slavery and human trafficking offences.
The investigation was conducted by the National Crime Agency and involved eighteen different police forces working with Border Force and Immigration Enforcement Officers.
The Law | Kangs Slavery Offences Defence Solicitors
The European Convention of Human Rights came into force in 1950 and through Article 4 specifies that:
‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude, or required to perform forced or compulsory labour’.
A number of criminal offences relating to acts of slavery in the UK were replaced in 2015 by the Modern Day Slavery Act which states:
‘A person commits an offence if –
- the person holds another person in slavery or servitude and the circumstances are such that the person knows or ought to know that the other person is held in slavery or servitude, or
- the person requires another person to perform forced or compulsory labour and the circumstances are such that the person knows or ought to know that the other person is being required to perform forced or compulsory labour.’
A person can be enslaved or trafficked, whether they ‘consent’ or not.
How Can We Help? | Kangs Serious Crime Defence Solicitors
Reported instances of modern day slavery are varied and involve individuals born in the UK and foreign nationals brought in to the UK.
Kangs Solicitors has considerable experience dealing with people who have been forced to work in the following situations:
- Managing a brothel
- Cannabis factories
- Drug supply
- Illegal car washes
- Construction labourers
- Domestic servitude.
All necessary steps are taken to ensure each and every client is properly guided and fully advised from the Police Station process through to trial and we are happy to provide our clients and fellow professionals with an initial no obligation consultation.
If you have recently been contacted by the National Crime Agency or the Police to discuss allegations of criminal activity of any nature, please contact our team immediately through any of the following: