Modern Slavery prosecutions are on the rise. In a landmark ruling, a British company has been prosecuted under the Modern Slavery Act for abuses against the victims of human trafficking.
Chicken catchers DJ Houghton Catching Services were ruled to have broken gangmaster licensing rules on several counts in their employment of six workers trafficked from Lithuania.
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Whilst having already incurred compensation and legal costs estimated to be in excess of £1 Million, the company now face further claims brought by other workers.
A partner from Leigh Day, the law firm representing the claimants, commented on the case:
“it should be seen as a warning to British companies that they must eradicate all forms of modern slavery from their businesses, whether in the UK or elsewhere.”
With Modern Slavery prosecutions quadrupling in 2016 there is an ever-growing momentum amongst victims to come forward, for the public to report suspicious incidents and an increased pressure on companies to investigate their supply chain and eradicate any incidence of Modern Slavery.
Sadly the DJ Houghton case also highlights negligence by the Government body, the Gangmaster License Authority’s (GLA), who now face separate charges. You can read more details about the case here.
In the first half of 2017 alone we have received calls from companies such as BMW, Virgin Trains, EMR Recycling, Freeths, Cardno, Dart, Mitsubishi, Gowling, Lily Rose Care Group, Mono Consulting, Tax Computer Systems, O’Shea Construction, VShips and many more to discuss how they can raise awareness of Modern Slavery within their supply chains.
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