4,000 TRAF­FICKED ...4 COM­PEN­SATED

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Grace Ma­caskill and Geral­dine McK­elvie

JUST four out of 4,000 hu­man traf­fick­ing vic­tims have been given com­pen­sa­tion.

Sums from £ 1,000 to £ 500,000 are avail­able from the Crim­i­nal In­juries Com­pen­sa­tion Au­thor­ity to help them.

Yet few are told the scheme ex­ists. And they get no fund­ing for help to ap­ply.

Solic­i­tor Emily McFad­den, of Bolt Bur­don Kemp, found only 34 vic­tims ap­plied – and 90 per cent were re­jected. The four who suc­ceeded had a lawyer.

Emily said: “The num­ber of awards is piti­ful. This is a huge prob­lem.”

Fig­ures es­ti­mate the num­ber of traf­fick­ing vic­tims rose 17 per cent last year to 3,805 – in­clud­ing 1,287 chil­dren. There were just 295 pros­e­cu­tions. And con­vic­tions fell from 63 to 60 per cent.

And Anti-Slav­ery Com­mis­sioner Kevin Hy­land re­ports 13,000 UK slaves.

Last week nine trav­ellers were jailed for en­slav­ing 18 men in Lin­colnshire.

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