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Modern slavery and trafficking

Modern slavery is one of the most serious human rights issues in the modern world; 136,000 people are estimated to be living in modern slavery in the UK alone.

At Leigh Day, we act people who have been victims of trafficking and / or modern slavery in civil claims or claims in the employment tribunal. 
 
We act for people who have been victims of forced labour in varied environments, such as in domestic work, in nail bars, car washes, construction sites, agriculture and the food processing and hospitality industries.
 
Human trafficking is often hidden from view. Unfortunately, in the UK only a tiny percentage of victims of forced labour, forced sexual exploitation and forced marriage, are referred through the National Referral Mechanism (“the NRM”), which is the framework for identifying victims and ensuring they receive appropriate care in the UK.    
 
We understand that there are complex issues facing people in these situations and that there are often pressing concerns involving the NRM process.
 
Our view is that it is crucial that people who have been victims are able to consider seeking a legal remedy through the civil courts or employment tribunal. We are able to advise about options for seeking compensation through these routes. Importantly, legal aid may also be available in relation to advice and assistance. 

Access to Justice

Access to justice for individuals who have been trafficked is crucial to effectively combat trafficking. Under UK law, people can seek compensation in four different ways:
  • A compensation order in criminal proceedings;
  • An application to criminal injuries compensation authority;
  • Civil litigation; and
  • In an employment tribunal.
 
There is no single way to identify someone who has been trafficked for forced labour purposes but some common indicators, which have been identified by the International Labour Organisation (“ILO”), are:
  • Withholding wages and / or long hours without breaks;
  • Forced isolation;
  • Withholding identity documents (such as a passport); and
  • Threats of violence or reporting to the authorities.

Contact us

Please get in touch to speak confidentially to a member of our team by calling 0207 650 1200 or filling out our form so that we can contact you at a convenient time. 

For more information on our international modern slavery and trafficking work please click here.
 

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