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) or Facebook, where we will share the article each week, or sign up to our monthly newsletter.
Following on from our reporting on the church who sheltered victims of the Rooney family, there has been widespread coverage of their sentencing. ITV reported that their sentences added up to nearly 80 years, while the Guardian mentioned comments made by the Judge on the case, who suggested cases like this one could be more prevalent that we think.
This week saw the beginning of a new campaign from London's Evening Standard. With the headline 'Slaves on our streets' they announced their intention to launch an investigation to expose the 'hidden horrors of modern-day slavery in London'. ITV also got on in on the act, sharing a harrowing story of a woman who had been trafficked for sexual exploitation.
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner launched a report on the trafficking of Vietnamese nationals to the UK. They are trafficked into a variety of industries, but are often found in cannabis cultivation and nail bars. You can read the Guardian summary, or the full report. The Guardian also has an account of a visit to 'Vietnam City', a camp in France which is a typical stop-off point for people being smuggled or trafficked into the UK.
And finally, a joint operation in Derbyshire took place this week. The GLAA reported that six people are in custody and the Guardian said ten potential victims of modern slavery were identified through the raids. The Derby Telegraph has a more local angle on the story, with an interview with local residents on their feelings about living in the same street as potential victims of slavery. The agencies in Derbyshire have really taken partnership working to the next level - you can read more about the partnership on Derby's Diocesan page.