Friday links: Jail time for nail bar owners in Bath and are you watching McMafia?

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

Trio who used trafficked girls to work in nail bars jailed under slavery laws

Reports this week that three people - one man and two women - have been jailed after being convicted under the Modern Slavery Act. Their victims were Vietnamese girls, trafficked from Vietnam to the UK and forced to work 60-hour weeks for little pay. After the girls were rescued and put into foster care they went missing, and were later found in Staffordshire, again working under conditions of exploitation in a nail bar. 

We want to get the point across to the public that they are hiding their victims in plain sight. When people go and get their nails done there can be a victim there who comes here for a better life, sometimes with debt bondage connected to families back home. They are trapped here.
— DI Charlotte Tucker, Avon and Somerset Police

McMafia: The scale of human trafficking in numbers

Are you watching the latest BBC drama McMafia? Taking in the Russian mob, counterfeit goods, and international crime from London to Mumbai, the programme also touches on sex trafficking. A young Russian woman arrives in Egypt to work as a beautician but quickly realises that she has been lied to - the premise is familiar to anyone who works with survivors of human trafficking, whether in Egypt or England. Watch a video from the BBC about human trafficking, or catch up with the series so far on iPlayer

Peak District holiday homes used as pop-up brothels by slave bosses, says Bishop of Derby

Over the holidays you might have missed this interview with Bishop Alastair Redfern, the Lord Bishop of Derby and chair of The Clewer Initiative. In the interview he speaks about the increase in pop-up brothels over the holiday period, with holiday lets in rural areas being used to house sex workers who have often been trafficked. 

Derby is a place where Eastern European women have come over in search for a better life but they have been forced into working in a brothel and they have their life taken from them. In the Peak District, there are lots of holiday homes used as pop-up brothels. The organised criminals bring the vulnerable women in and then use a cottage for business. They stay for four weeks and make a lot of money.
— Bishop Alastair Redfern

'Grotesque' - MP slams decision to kick out teenage Shildon asylum seeker forced to work as slave on cannabis farm

A 19 year old Vietnamese man who was found to be a victim of modern slavery has been refused asylum. 'Stephen' lives in the North East, and at the age of 16 was fostered by Reverend David Tomlinson, the vicar at St John's Church in Shildon, and his wife Davina, where he finished his education and applied for asylum. After being refused, his community are now rallying round to support him, with the local MP Helen Goodman, and the Bishop of Durham both lending their voices. 

He was so quiet, vulnerable and couldn’t speak English but worked hard at college and helps other students with the language now. He is a very helpful, kind young man, who has made friends, got a girlfriend and is part of our family. It is awful to think of him being sent back. He was a street child in Vietnam, how can he go back as an adult after all that has happened?
— Diana Tomlinson
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Meet Christel from Liverpool

In the latest of our series of interviews with our project leads in different dioceses we spoke to Revd Christel Erving who is the Diocese of Liverpool’s Anti-Trafficking Project Coordinator. Read more about what she has planned for the Diocese in her interview on our blog. 

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