Metropolitan Police Service Secures First Slavery And Trafficking Risk Orders

On 6th November 2020, the Metropolitan Police Service secured its first Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders (“STROs”) against three individuals suspected to be involved in recruiting women from abroad and operating a significant prostitution ring in London. The orders were granted following a 3 day hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The court made findings that a fourth defendant played a peripheral role in the enterprise but that it was unnecessary to make them subject to a STRO while no order was made in respect of a fifth defendant.

These orders can be obtained without the need for a criminal conviction and are designed to protect the public from a risk that a defendant will commit future slavery or human trafficking offences.

The MPS was represented by Ryan Dowding. You can read more about the case here and here.

10th November 2020