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A vulnerable woman was forced into a sham marriage and raped while kept as a slave above a shop, a jury heard
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Thousands of people are being trafficked to the UK and forced to work long hours in squalid conditions for next to no pay, a major report has warned.

The UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) said 1,000 victims of trafficking for forced labour had been referred to the centre since 2009, but said this represented the ‘tip of the iceberg’ for a ‘hidden crime’.

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More people are being trafficked into Britain every year by organised criminal gangs, the government has warned.

Rising numbers of children and adults are being exploited for sex, labour and domestic slavery.

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Assembly launches human trafficking group

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:48

The group has been created to promote effective action against trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation.

Adults and children are known to be trafficked into Northern Ireland for sexual exploitation.

However, they are also brought into the region to be used in various forms of labour exploitation and for criminal activity - including illegal drug production, fraud and theft.

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Tibor Suchy, Rene Sana, Muhammad Badar Ul Islam, and Viktoria Sanova have all been jailed

Four people have been jailed for their role in the trafficking and sexual exploitation of an Eastern European woman brought into Kent.

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'Send sex buyers to jail': Swedish PM

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:01

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on Monday that people buying sex in Sweden should be sent to jail as the law suggests, rather than being slapped with fines.

 
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"It's time that we be clear that, in the legislation, prison terms can be given and that we don't only have fines as punishment for buying sex," Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a speech in Stockholm.
   
In 1999, Sweden became the first country in the world to criminalize the purchase of sex. Although the law provides for up to six months behind bars, in practice judges so far have only imposed fines of up to 7,500 kronor ($1,140).
   
Similar legislation has since been adopted by Iceland, Norway, Slovakia, and soon France.
   
Reinfeldt said Sweden has convicted 4,782 people since its law came into effect, but that not one had gone to prison. His Moderate Party, he said, would campaign to incarcerate clients who knew the prostitute they used was a minor or a victim of human trafficking.
   
He said there were an estimated 400 to 600 prostitutes in Sweden who were there because of traffickers.
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East Lancashire leading the way on best trafficking practice

1:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News By Jessica Cree, Crime reporter

Oliver Heald QC who visited the region Oliver Heald QC who visited the region

SUCCESSFUL human trafficing and exploitation prosecutions in East Lancashire are set to be used as best practice across the country.

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Rapist who 'bought' woman jailed

Thursday, 10 October 2013 21:00
A man who assaulted, raped and held a woman prisoner after she was snatched from Slovakia and trafficked to Lancashire has been jailed.
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