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
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