Sound Check: November 2017

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[Caitlyn Sharp]

Welcome to November Sound Check, let’s take a look at what’s been happening in terms of Modern Slavery this month.

Nine Polish Nationals appear in court with modern slavery offensives.

Six men and three women have been investigated with human trafficking charges after claims they have exploited over 80 people.

The accused have been officially charged with conspiracy of force labor, human trafficking and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

Justyna Parcewska, Marek Brzezinski, Dawid Kasperowicz, Natalia Zmuda, Julianna Chodakiewicz, Marek Chowaniec, Jan Sadowsk, Ignacy Brzezinski and Wojciech Nowakowski, are remaining in prison until their Birmingham Crown Court appearance on December 5.

We will be keeping track of the trial and hope that any wrongdoing is met with an appropriate punishment.

INTERPOL-led operation rescues 500 victims of human trafficking in Africa.

500 human trafficking victims have been rescued across Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, 236 victims were children.

The operation also saw the arrest of 40 people. Those arrested were accused of forcing the victims into begging, prostitution, human trafficking, forced labor and child exploitation.

Two of the female victims, only 15 and 16 years old, were rescued from being sold into forced labor and prostitution.

Two of the female victims, only 15 and 16 years old, were rescued from being sold into forced labor and prostitution.

The operation was a project funded by the German Foreign Office between the 6th and 10th of November. the German Foreign Office targeted human trafficking gangs across Africa’s Sahel region, and a series of non-government organizations are treating the victims, post rescue.

This is a great example of the international community working together to combat modern slavery, and we hope to see more operations like this in the future

Slavery Panel to Speak at the Vatican.

The Evening Standard UK has been invited to speak at an international conference at the Vatican with Pope Francis.

The Evening Standards round table will be represented by leading figures from business, law, philanthropy and the media. Cardinal Vincent Nichols is chairman of the Standard’s table and will lead the discussion for the Santa Marta conference next year.

“Through the work of the Santa Marta Group, the Catholic Church has taken a lead in developing partnerships with police forces to ensure the safety and well-being of every victim of human trafficking, the breaking up of criminal networks and the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of this terrible crime” Said Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Through their investigations, the Evening Standard exposed the large scale of modern slavery still occurring in London today, and how it goes beyond sex trafficking.

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Sound Check: September 2017

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