4,000 TRAFFICKED ...4 COMPENSATED
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.