If you have been the victim of what may be deemed “modern slavery” or have suffered harm through being “trafficked” and exploited, you may be entitled to compensation. We can help you claim compensation if you suffered through slavery here in the UK
In todays world the idea that “slavery” in any form still exists is very difficult to comprehend. What is even more shocking is that it exists in the UK and is said to be more common than the occasional headline suggests. Linked often to sexual abuse exploitation and trafficking, the UK legal system is evolving to deal with this very serious issue.
Modern slavery is a crime in the UK under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. These crimes include holding a person in a position of slavery, servitude forced or compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them soon after. Trafficking is the term used commonly to describe those moved across borders for the purpose of servitude or forced labour but it is possible to be trafficked in legal terms within your own country.
If you are guilty of profiting from anothers enslavement you are likely to be prosecuted under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and could be jailed.
If you have suffered harm as a result of being a victim of slavery you may well be entitled to compensation.
There are two main routes to compensation:
1) You may be able to sue the organisation (if one is involved) or individual who is responsible for perpetrating the crime.
2) You may also be able to claim compensation from a government agency known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Such claims are subject to a strict 2 year deadline which runs in most cases from when the matter is reported to the police. However it is possible to claim beyond this period in certain cases. The deadline is very often too restrictive and we believe the CICA should consider a persons health status before any issue is raised on a time limit for such a claim.
We handle CICA claims and can advise you on your right to compensation if you have been a victim of slavery in the way described.