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FAQs about modern-day slavery answered by our criminal solicitor
23 Jun 2023

Most people have heard of modern-day slavery practices either in documentaries or in TV public information films. However, what you may not be aware of is that slavery can and does occur in the UK and in relation to companies within the UK.

So, if you are a business owner who gets your product from overseas, you may be worried about whether or not slavery is occurring. And, as you may have guessed, there is a lot to worry about!

Modern-day slavery is a serious crime that can lead to charges and legal consequences for those involved. Therefore, if you suspect that there is an issue with slavery relating to your company or your associates, you need to take action.

Our team at ABV Solicitors can help. Our criminal solicitor is up to speed on all of the laws relating to modern-day slavery and can oversee your defence if you or your business are implicated relating to modern-day slavery charges. So, don’t be afraid to give us a call.

Of course, you will likely have some questions about what happens if you are indicted for these offences, and here, our criminal solicitor answers 5 commonly searched questions about modern-day slavery charges.

What is modern-day slavery, and what are the signs of it?

Modern-day slavery refers to any situation where a person is forced to work against their will and is not free to leave their situation. The signs of modern-day slavery include physical or emotional abuse, limited freedom of movement, lack of personal identification or travel documents, and being underpaid or not being paid at all for the work that they do. If you suspect that there are modern-day slavery practices occurring in relation to your business, please call our criminal solicitor immediately.

What are the legal consequences for those involved in modern-day slavery?

The legal consequences for those involved in modern-day slavery can include imprisonment, fines, and other penalties. The specific consequences will depend on the severity of the crime, the number of people affected, and the role of the individual in the crime.

What should I do if I suspect modern-day slavery is happening?

If you suspect modern-day slavery is happening, you should report it to the authorities immediately. You can contact the police or a modern-day slavery hotline to report your suspicions and provide any relevant information.

What are the common defences used in modern-day slavery cases?

The common defences used in modern-day slavery cases include claiming that the individual was a willing participant in the situation, that the situation was not actually modern-day slavery, or that the accused did not know that their actions were illegal.

What are the steps in a modern-day slavery trial?

The steps in a modern-day slavery trial include the initial investigation, arrest and charge of the accused, pre-trial hearings, the trial itself, and any appeals that may follow. During the trial, evidence will be presented, and witnesses will testify. The accused will have the opportunity to present a defence, and the judge or jury will come to a decision.

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