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