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Trafficking and modern slavery

For over two decades, Leigh Day has represented clients in the UK and overseas suffering from trauma and injuries as a result of physical, sexual, emotional or mental abuse

We want to use our legal expertise to help combat modern slavery wherever it exists.

Read our series of Blogs on Trafficking and Modern Slavery:

1. Legal avenues for redress - here
2. Compensation for victims - here
3. Overcoming legal challenges - here

Trafficked persons and victims of child and forced labour need help, protection and support to rebuild their lives. The UK is still falling short of ensuring trafficked persons and victims of slavery enjoy the full range of rights to which they are entitled under the law.

Trafficking victims by sector 2013

Domestic servitude 8%
Labour exploitation 27%
Sexual exploitation 41%
Criminal exploitation  9%
Other 15%

It’s not a question of a lack of legal provision to ensure protection and support. There are plenty of international, EU and UK laws (not least being the recently enacted Modern Slavery Act 2015) which are there to combat trafficking and slavery. Rather it’s a question of lack of enforcement.

Leigh Day wants to help change that and play a part in ensuring that trafficked persons and victims of modern slavery can enjoy the services, protection and support to which they are entitled under the law.

We can draw on broad expertise across different fields of law including:
You can talk confidentially to a member of the trafficking team, who will understand and will tell you if we can help. Please phone our trafficking team on 020 7650 1200, or fill in our enquiry form and someone will get back to you shortly.

Case study: AT & Ors v Dulghieru & anor [2009] EWHC 225 (QB)

This case involved the plight of four young Moldovan women who had been tricked and trafficked to the UK, and were enslaved for the purposes of sexual exploitation.  The women were held captive in brothels and forced to have sex with men at the discretion of their captors.  They were harassed and they and their families in Moldova were threatened with violence. The women were often subjected to verbal and physical abuse by the men with whom they were forced to have sex. Once they had been freed the women brought a civil claim against their traffickers. The women's claims were successful and they were awarded more than £600,000 in damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity, unlawful detention and financial losses they sustained as a result of their mistreatment.  


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