Human rights in the United Kingdom are set out in common law, with its strongest roots being in the English Bill of Rights 1689 and Scottish Claim of Right Act 1689, as well as legislation of European institutions: the EU and the European Court of Human Rights.[nb 1] At the same time, it has been alleged that the UK has also had a history of both de jure and de facto discrimination, and, in recent history, occasional violations of basic human rights, particularly in times of national security crises, or regarding the rights of migrants, the unemployed, and the disabled. In recent years, however, British human rights legislation has been criticised by some for what they perceive as excessive attention to the human rights of offenders at the expense of those of victims; high-profile cases, such as those of Learco Chindamo and the 2006 Afghan hijackers, have attracted controversy, sparking calls[who?] for the review of the Human Rights Act 1998 and other … [Read more...] about Human rights in the United Kingdom
Legalizing prostitution to stop human trafficking
Just before dawn in the bustling city of Birgunj, an elegant middle-aged woman clocks on to start her border patrol shift. Maya Gurung has policed these streets for the past nine years. But she is not a law enforcement officer. She is one of a team of people who scour the Nepali-Indian borderlands for signs of one of the most insidious – and growing – crimes in this part of the world: the trafficking for sex of young women. Traffickers target young women from Nepal’s remote communities, promising them employment opportunities abroad, only to sell them into forced labour and prostitution once they reach India’s megacities. These women can spend years locked up in brothels, being made to have sex with over 20 men a day to make money for their “owners”. With no access to healthcare, many fall victim to disease and never make it home. Estimates put the number trafficked at as high as 10,000 a year. The “human interceptors”, as they are known, … [Read more...] about Nosy, persistent, brave: the women who catch sex-traffickers red-handed
Northern Ireland By Catrin Nye Reporter, Victoria Derbyshire programme 6 May 2015 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32539648 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Next month it will become illegal to pay for sex in Northern Ireland … [Read more...] about Is it ever OK to pay for sex?
A British nurse who used voodoo to traffic prostitutes into Europe has been found guilty in the first case of its kind in the UK. Josephine Iyamu used a powerful witch doctor to exert a control over her victims. The 53-year-old was a ringleader of an international human trafficking crime network and lived in a huge Nigerian mansion complete with a servants’ quarters. She used the profits to fund her lavish lifestyle including jaunts to Europe to buy £700 designer shoes. Iyamu charged each of her victims up to €38,000 - more than £33,600 - to arrange for their travel to Europe. She would first make the vulnerable women undergo "Juju" ceremonies which would involve them drinking blood containing worms and eating the heart of a chicken. The victims would then be forced to endure an arduous five day journey to the Libyan coast - which saw them shot at, ambushed and gang raped. They would then catch an inflatable boat crammed with hundreds of people to Italy before … [Read more...] about British nurse who used voodoo to traffic prostitutes made victims drink blood
Sex trafficking is taking place on an “industrial scale” across England and Wales as the government’s strategy for tackling the issue fails to deliver, new research claims. MPs called for the criminalisation of paying for sex after research found so-called “pop-up brothels” – premises rented for short periods of time to sexually exploit women – were widespread, with hundreds of vulnerable women, predominantly from Eastern Europe, being supplied by trafficking gangs into residential properties in order to be sexually exploited by British men. The inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade found the practice was being enabled by “prostitution procurement websites” such as Adultwork, and driven by a minority of UK men who pay for sex. Read more Ex-prostitutes should not be forced to reveal convictions, rules court Police officer arrested on suspicion of inciting … [Read more...] about Sex trafficking taking place on an ‘industrial scale’ as government strategy ‘failing’, MPs warn