A high-ranking law enforcer has expressed confidence that his force will safeguard court trials against drug traders who deal with youngsters between cities to smuggle their goods. The Modern Slavery Act that took effect in 2015 added the maximum penalty for slavery and smuggling offences from fourteen years of jail term to a life sentence. However, slavery cases are hard to bring to trial. Acquiring a verdict is even more difficult. Some law offenders, like the drug runners misused by grownup drug dealers in exchange for money and violence, may not perceive themselves as preys. Nevertheless, Wiltshire Police’s leader, Deputy Supt Jeremy Carter, is optimistic that the county officers will get there. He said that his force would succeed in getting the trials for slavery offences.
Problems Encountered During the Court Prosecutions
The challenge is that the hearings will depend on individuals identifying themselves as preys of present-day slavery. Carter said that in most cases, due to the included power dynamics, the victims are reluctant to participate. It leaves the force reliant on evidence-led hearings excluding the victim’s involvement, whereby they have to obtain comparable evidence. It is significantly difficult than the usual trials where the victims testify what happened to them. In November 2018, six individuals were arrested in Swindon on allegedly operating a brothel for prostitution and human trafficking. In the same search aimed at a group related to off-street prostitution, five individuals were distinguished as likely victims of sexual abuse and slavery offences.
No Drug Offender has Been Convicted Under the New Law
Conversely, up to now, the authority has not prosecuted any region lines drug smugglers under the Modern Slavery Act. In the judgments’ rule, the squads can be accountable for trafficking youngsters thousands of miles, commanding them to trade drugs in distant cities. In one scenario, a Wiltshire boy found in the north of England was assumed to have been trained by a drugs squad.