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UK: Traffickers of Vietnamese women for UK nail salon serve prison time; case is the first successful prosecution under the Modern Slavery Act

Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation, Published on: 3 January 2018

"Traffickers jailed for enslaving Vietnamese women in U.K. nail salons," 03 January 2018

Members of a gang who forced Vietnamese girls and women into slavery in nail bars...in Britain have been jailed for a total of nine years...

“The victims worked for no money and were trafficked between nail bars according to demand,” Senior Crown Prosecutor Eran Cutliffe said in a statement.

Detective Inspector Clair Langley, of Staffordshire Police, said the speed with which the victims were moved around the country indicated a high level of organisation.

“This is the first successful prosecution for child labor exploitation and child trafficking under the Modern Slavery Act and we hope it sends out a clear message — we won’t tolerate this activity and we will bring offenders before the courts.”

The Modern Slavery Act of 2015 introduced life sentences for traffickers, offered better protection for people at risk of being enslaved, and forced companies to check their supply chains for forced labor.

 

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