GANG MEMBERS GIVEN SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING PREVENTION ORDERS (once they have served jail sentences)

In a landmark case under Modern Slavery legislation, three gang members from London have been sentenced to more than 12 years’ imprisonment for human trafficking offences after they used young and vulnerable people from south London to transport and sell drugs in Hampshire.

All three men were also given 15-year-long Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders (STPO), which come into force on release from prison.

“These severely restrict their use of mobile phones, SIM cards and computers for the duration of the order” says a Metropolitan Police statement.

“The men will also be unable to drive a car with anyone under the age of 18 inside, apart from family members, and will need to register their addresses, mobile phone numbers and computers with police.”

At Inner London crown court, ‘B’ was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for three counts of trafficking; ‘A’ was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for two counts of trafficking and ‘C’ was sentenced to three and a half years’ imprisonment for one count of trafficking.

The judge presiding over the case, Judge Karu, also commended Acting Det Insp Simon French and PC James Skeete for their ‘extensive, detailed and thorough investigation’. (Source: Met Police press release)

London Councils have welcomed the prison sentences given to the three drug dealers who recruited vulnerable teenagers to act as couriers to run drugs to coastal communities last week and further news this week of large numbers of arrests by police forces led by the National County Lines Coordination Centre.

Commenting on the crackdown on county lines, Cllr Nickie Aiken, London Councils’ Executive member for Schools and Children’s Services said: “These investigations have revealed how widespread exploitation of vulnerable young people is a disturbing feature of county lines.

“Too many children are being recruited as drug mules or human shields for county lines drug dealers.

“London boroughs are determined to do their utmost to protect young people from this terrible fate and raise awareness of this peril among local communities.” (Source: London Councils circular)

Further reading: GANG MEMBERS CONVICTED OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AFTER USING SOUTH LONDON TEENAGERS TO TRANSPORT AND SELL DRUGS IN HAMPSHIRE April 24th 2019

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