Every Friday we share the latest news on modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Keep up to date by following us on twitter (@theclewer), where we will tweet out the article each week.
Shiva Hotels has been making headlines this week by announcing their plan to train all their staff, from cleaners to managers, to spot the signs of modern slavery. Read this piece from Thomson Reuters to get an overview or this report from MinsterFM explains what that looks like in York's Monkbar Hotel.
Adult guests who check in with a child, repeat cash bookings or late check-ins without luggage could all be signs of modern slavery under guidance newly issued to staff at a British hotel chain. The 400 staff at Shiva Hotels - from receptionists to human resources staff to cleaners - will be trained as part of a company-wide campaign to tackle modern slavery.
Another use of the new Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders, which came into force under the Modern Slavery Act. They are designed to hamper people who the police suspect of being involved in modern slavery, in this case two men running a car wash found to be exploiting workers.
These victims were hidden in plain sight meaning that every single day, thousands of Exeter residents would have seen them or even had their cars cleaned by them. They were held in debt bondage, trying to pay off debts repeatedly inflated to keep them under an element of control. Furthermore, they were in a strange country, they spoke little or no English and did not know to whom to turn for help.
107 suspects detained and over 900 potential victims identified in pan-European hit against sexual exploitation
A Europe-wide action week, supported by Europol and including 22 member states, was held to crack down on sexual exploitation. These action weeks include a mix of raids, arrests, intelligence gathering, and awareness raising - leaflets were handed out at airports about the dangers of human trafficking.
As a result of these wide-ranging actions, 107 suspects were detained or arrested for offences including trafficking in human beings and illegal immigration. 910 potential victimsof trafficking were identified. Information collected during the operation has led to the launch of 25 new inquiries and to intelligence developments of others, in order to identify additional suspects and victims connected to human trafficking cases across the EU.