Modern-day slavery and trafficking are two of the most serious and often complicated offences that can occur. However, despite the extremely worrying number of cases that are ongoing this global issue often goes unnoticed and victims do not get the justice they deserve. Getting legal advice and representation is essential. With an experienced solicitor by your side, you can get the legal advice that you need.
Here’s all you need to know about modern-day slavery and trafficking cases.
What is modern-day slavery?
Believe it or not, modern slavery is present across the UK. Often, from the outside looking in it can be difficult to spot but for the victim themselves, slavery can happen anywhere.
Modern-day slavery is defined as:
- Forced sexual exploitation, domestic slavery or forced labour on farms, in construction, shops, bars, nail bars, car washes or manufacturing.
- Entrapment that leads to crime such as individuals who are forced to work within a criminal operation such as drug trafficking or prostitution.
According to AntiSlavery.org, the number of people identified as victims of modern slavery has been rising year on year, with over 10,000 people referred to authorities in 2019.
What is trafficking?
Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that often involves moving people across borders or to several locations, although it doesn’t always involve transportation.
These three elements all form part of trafficking:
- The act: recruiting, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons
- The means: force, fraud, coercion, deception
- The purpose: exploitation
Human trafficking is the process of trapping people through the use of violence, deception or coercion and exploiting them for financial or personal gain. It is a criminal offence that is never okay.
Why should you seek legal help is you are a victim?
Many victims of slavery and human trafficking do not seek the support they need out of fear. However, it’s important to remember that what happened to you was not your fault and using a professional legal service can help you regain control of your life. As experts in this area of law, your solicitor will work alongside you to create the best outcome whether that’s obtaining asylum or challenging a range of public authority decisions.
At ITN Solicitors in London, we offer a range of legal services including representation for your modern slavery case. We understand how difficult the process can be, but with our professional help and support, we aim to provide the justice you need. As one of London's leading specialist criminal defence and human rights law firms, you can rely on us to navigate your complex legal situation. Get in touch with us today for more information.