Yesterday (June 30th), it was reported that four individuals had been arrested by Cardiff police, after warrants were executed across a number of addresses, in relation to allegations of slavery and kidnap.
According to reports, police have been working on an operation, known as “Operation Liberal” which has been probing allegations of slavery, forced labour, false imprisonment and kidnap; and as a result the four individuals were arrested.
The reports have revealed that two victims are currently within police care; with one claiming to have been a victim of slavery for over 20 years – although both are said to be in good health.
The operation and arrests come after the Welsh Assembly launched a campaign earlier this year to raise awareness of human trafficking and slavery; whilst plans for a Modern Slavery Bill were also announced earlier this year in the Queen’s Speech.
Under the proposed Bill, those convicted of the most serious offences such as trafficking, could face a custodial sentence of life in prison.
As Human Rights solicitors in London, we recognise the issue of “slavery” within the UK, and through our experience within this particular area of law; we have previously helped victims of torture and ill-treatment (Article 3 of the ECHR).
To find out how we can help you, whether you’ve been a victim of torture and ill-treatment; or had your human rights breached in another way; contact a member of our legal team, today.