The National Crime Agency have stated that there are probably tens of thousands of victims of trafficking or ‘modern slavery’ in the UK at the present time. For the crime department this is an issue we have to have at the forefront of our minds when dealing with vulnerable people. Often victims of this kind of exploitation are the last to tell you the truth and evidence must be gathered from other sources.

This year we acted for Jon, a 16-year-old boy who had been accused of dealing drugs. At first the case seemed simple; when Jon was arrested he was in possession of a knife and a very large quantity of drugs that were clearly not for personal use. Jon himself would say very little about what had happened and seemed quite disengaged with the whole process; at this stage, another firm might have advised him to plead guilty.

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