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Raids in the Hertfordshire town of Baldock and in Barnet in London resulted in thirteen men being arrested for slavery and immigration offences. Six men were also identified as potential victims of slavery and were taken to a reception centre for further support.
John Lewis and Habitat both pulled granite workshops from their shelves after slavery was found in the supply chains in quarries in India. This comes in the same week as a new survey by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) suggests that 34% of organisations are failing to outline how they are preventing modern slavery in their supply chains. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses turning over more than £36m to provide a statement of how they are preventing modern slavery, but the same survey found that 37% of supply chain managers haven't even read the government guidance on modern slavery.
On our blog you can read the full story of how a church in Lincoln became caught up in the case against the Rooney family, who were convicted in August of modern slavery offences. The church sheltered several victims in their homeless shelter, which became a target for recruitment by the Rooneys.
A Hungarian woman was lured to the UK with the promise of work as a cleaner, only to be forced into prostitution in Leeds bus station. The perpetrator, Jozef Sztojka, has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Earlier in the week, Josephine Iyamu, a British national, was accused of trafficking women from Nigeria to Europe for sexual exploitation, she will appear in court on 22nd September.