Child victims of human trafficking prosecuted despite CPS rules

Lawyers say system is failing young people caught up in county lines drug operationsYoung British victims of human trafficking who have been forced to sell drugs in county lines operations are being charged and prosecuted despite guidelines...

Child victims of human trafficking prosecuted despite CPS rules

Lawyers say system is failing young people caught up in county lines drug operations

Young British victims of human trafficking who have been forced to sell drugs in county lines operations are being charged and prosecuted despite guidelines against doing so, the Guardian can reveal.

The Modern Slavery Act gives young people and vulnerable adults the right to raise a “section 45” defence, which states they were trafficked and forced to commit offences.

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