Ukrainian refugees face risk of sex trafficking, domestic servitude and forced labour.

Concerns are growing for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine after figures have emerged showing a huge increase in online searches for ‘Ukrainian escorts’ and ‘Ukrainian porn’. Around 90% of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine are women and girls, as well as large amounts of unaccompanied minors. Whilst the majority of people offering assistance at the border are …

Deferred prosecution scheme celebrates helping 100 clients in 12 months

A scheme run by City Hearts and Merseyside Police that aims to help first time offenders avoid prosecution is celebrating helping 100 clients in its first 12 months. The Merseyside Deferred Prosecution Scheme (MDPS) is a four-month-long ‘offender management programme’ that was created to help offenders avoid prosecution by addressing some of the underlying issues that led to them being …