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UK News Scots cops crackdown on child trafficking gangs smuggling Vietnamese kids into Scotland for slavery

11:10  25 november  2019
11:10  25 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Essex lorry deaths: Man from Northern Ireland arrested for trafficking

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CHILD & HUMAN TRAFFICKING ~ SCOTLAND 'S HIDDEN SCANDAL Originally Published January A Vietnamese human trafficking victim forced to work in a Scottish cannabis farm has given a ONE of the biggest single crackdowns on human traffickers operating in Scotland has seen police identify

Crackdown on Vietnamese trafficking gangs ignores victims. 22 June 2010. Klara Skrivankova, Anti- Slavery International’s Trafficking Programme Co-ordinator, said: “If the police recognise that they are uncovering young men who are not being paid to work on cannabis farms then they need to stop

A special police squad has been set up to smash child trafficking gangs who are smuggling Vietnamese youngsters into Scotland.

The elite unit aims to dismantle the organised crime network preying on migrants, including vulnerable children, to use as slave labour.

In recent weeks, at least 10 youngsters from Vietnam – all believed to be under 18 – have approached the authorities in Edinburgh for help.

a person sitting on a table: Some of those caught up in the scandal end up working in nail bars © Getty Images/iStockphoto Some of those caught up in the scandal end up working in nail bars

The new squad, which operates from the city’s Fettes police station, is interviewing the children to establish how they came to be in the capital.

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Police Scotland hopes to help the public become more aware of the signs that may indicate that Image caption There were 145 potential victims of trafficking identified in Scotland last year. More than a third were trafficked into forced labour while another third were forced to work in the sex

The trafficking of vulnerable children into Scotland has risen threefold since 2011, according to new figures obtained by BBC Scotland . Case study: Trafficked from Vietnam . Sang was just 10 years old when he was taken in by a Vietnamese gang . His parents had recently died and he had no other

The children are understood to have been trafficked from the south-east Asian country and were set to be sent to work in cannabis farms, nail bars and car washes.

Police are also investigating concerns that some were destined for the sex industry.

It comes just weeks after the bodies of 39 Vietnamese nationals were found in a refrigerated lorry in Essex.

One of them, Pham Thi Tra My, sent a heartbreaking last text to her parents as she was suffocating and the youngest victim was only 15.

We can reveal today that 397 referrals were received by Police Scotland’s National Human Trafficking Unit between January and November 13 this year – of which 196 were Vietnamese nationals and 90 claimed to be under 18.

The figure is 20 per cent higher than last year.

Gardai step up action on trafficking suspects

  Gardai step up action on trafficking suspects Gardai have stepped up intelligence gathering on Irish truck drivers suspected of involvement in people smuggling following the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in the back of a refrigerated trailer in Essex last month. Security sources say smugglers are increasingly turning to people trafficking because the cargo poses less risk than other forms of smuggling. Unlike cigarettes or alcohol, there is no heavy loading and unloading of the illicit cargo and engagement ends once it is delivered to its destination, usually close to the ferry port.

Like many Vietnamese children , Hien was brought to Britain for a life of modern slavery . Police admit that they are struggling with the speed at which Vietnamese criminal gangs are diversifying and expanding their activities across the England and into Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Like many trafficked children , Dinh was reared in slavery and told by his captors he would die if he escaped. He said: “They told me if I were to be ONE of the biggest single crackdowns on human traffickers operating in Scotland has seen police identify 11 potential victims – including six children

An Edinburgh City Council source said: “Trafficking has become a growing problem not just here but across Scotland.

“At least 10 or 12 youngsters have approached the council, or been identified by the police as having entered this country illegally, and are victims of trafficking.

“Police Scotland has set up a squad to investigate this. It will be a complex, challenging inquiry, because we are dealing with people who speak little to no English and who are understandably scared and frightened.”

a group of green plants: A cannabis farm © Getty Images/iStockphoto A cannabis farm

“It’s becoming a nightmare for councils already under budget strains, as we have to look after these people, but money becomes a secondary issue when you hear what they have gone through.

“Many are working in cannabis farms for 18 hours a day, get very little food and

are not allowed out unless accompanied by someone.

“They often don’t get any pay or, if they do, it’s a pittance.

Man charged with trafficking over Essex lorry deaths

  Man charged with trafficking over Essex lorry deaths A man has been charged with human trafficking following the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people in a lorry in Essex. Christopher Kennedy, 23, who was arrested on Friday 22 November in connection with the police investigation, is accused of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of people with a view to exploitation and conspiracy to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law.Kennedy, of Corkley Road in Darkley, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday 25 November.

Some 3,000 Vietnamese children are enslaved by criminal gangs in the UK to work in brutal conditions in the European country, a report says. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, some 30 Vietnamese children are smuggled into the UK per month.

Human trafficking is a serious crime. (In England and Wales it's called modern slavery ). It's when someone is bought or sold by people who are going to exploit them. You will not automatically be able to use special measures if you are a victim of slavery , servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

“These children have been very brave to come forward and I know the police are throwing huge resources at it to find those responsible and also reunite those children with their families if this is possible.”

Another council source said: “One recent victim claimed to have travelled part of the way with victims of the recent Essex tragedy.

“Police Scotland must be commended for the robust response in investigating this to catch the perpetrators of these inhuman crimes.”

A police source said: “The children involved are teenagers but officers are still trying to establish if any younger children are being exploited. At the moment, it’s an intelligence gathering operation and finding out who is working with who.

“In the past, we’ve discovered Asian crime gangs are working with Eastern European gangs.”

Councillor Ian Perry, education, children and families convener for Edinburgh City Council, said: “We put in place all appropriate supports for these young people, including education, health care and accommodation.”

Some people are sent to work in car washes © Getty Images/iStockphoto Some people are sent to work in car washes

Detective Chief Superintendent Gary Cunningham said: “We recognise that the number of people reporting being trafficked from Vietnam to Scotland continues to rise.

“We continue to work with UK and international law enforcement and other agencies to understand the reasons for the increase and to conduct thorough investigations to identify those responsible for trafficking these individuals into Scotland.

“Human trafficking is often hidden in plain sight within our communities.

“Anyone with concerns about the welfare of someone they suspect of being trafficked should contact the police.”

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