The UK Strengthens Their Legislation

Greetings from The Slave Detective,

It appears at the Attorney General’s speech at City University on human trafficking he spoke about recent legislation brought in to bolster Human Trafficking.

Those of you that regularly read this blog (over 2600 individual hits) will know that I have spoke about the difficulties in prosecuting a Human Trafficking Case. This is probably why SCD9 have fared so poorly.

So on the 13th March Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP addressed the City Law School on this matter. This document outlines the speech and of course is long!

Most interestingly it pointed to:-

“The government opted-in to the EU Directive on Human Trafficking in March 2011. This Directive replaces the Council Framework Decision of 2002 and represents a critical step in addressing human trafficking more comprehensively. Further legislative change to these offences is now currently going through Parliament in the Protection of Freedoms Bill and should enable the UK to comply with the EU Directive on Human Trafficking.

The amendments extend territorial jurisdiction and will enable us to prosecute where the trafficking of victims has taken place anywhere in the world by a trafficker who is resident in the UK. This legislation should be in force by April 2013. Furthermore, legislation to criminalise human trafficking has now been supplemented by a stand-alone offence of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. This offence was introduced in April 2010 under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 to criminalise those who hold another person in slavery or servitude or require them to perform forced or compulsory labour. This offence too has a maximum penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment.”

I say this is good news and our law enforcement of course know about this. I will check this out so watch this space.

The rest of the speech outlines what The Crown Prosecution Service will do in this fight. Last I heard they still didn’t appoint Special Case Workers to Human Trafficking cases.





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