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Woman handed Nottinghamshire first Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order

October 18, 2020
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A court has granted a Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order (STRO) to prevent a woman from exploiting people into forced labour.

The civil order, a first one granted in Nottinghamshire, was granted against Suhaida Mahiyudin on 12 October 2020 at Nottingham Magistrates Court.

The order lasts for 10 years, means that the 37 year-old  from Toton, Nottinghamshire is bound by six condition which if breached will result in a criminal prosecution.

This is the first one granted in Nottinghamshire with only 14 granted in England and Wales in the past year.

The order relates to Mahiyudin  previously being investigated for recruiting workers from Malaysia to be a nanny with a view to exploiting them.

The order prohibits Maihyudin from facilitating international travel or accommodation for any person other than herself or members of her immediate family, unless she has written permission from Nottinghamshire Police.

She also can't reside at the same address as any other person other than her immediate family without seven days prior notification of the force's Chief Constable.

The final guidance within the order states that she can't be in possession or control of any official documentation belonging to a third party, other than immediate family, including passports and bank cards.

Detective Inspector Paul Lefford from the force's dedicated Modern Slavery team said: “We have utilised Slavery and Trafficking Protection orders on Conviction previously but this is the first time a civil Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order has been granted in Nottinghamshire. This shows our commitment to using all available legislation under the Modern Slavery Act to protect the vulnerable in society.

"In this case, Mahiyudin used Facebook to recruited workers from Malaysia risking them being exploited.

"To get a STRO granted is fantastic work and it's taken eight months of hard work to get to this result.

"The court found that Mahiyudin had acted in a way that there is a risk of committing a slavery or trafficking offence and this order is necessary to protect the public.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our service to the public and identifying victims of modern slavery to provide them with the care and protection is an area where we are seeing some positive outcomes.

"We work closely with partners and our colleagues to share information and support potential victims.

‘’This Sunday 18 October is National Anti-Slavery Day where I would urge the public and communities to continue to be vigilant and report any concerns regarding Modern Slavery to either Nottinghamshire Police or via the Modern Slavery Helpline or call 08000 121 700."

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