The Government apologises and settles the case of Patience Asuquo under Article 4 of the Human Rights Act - no slavery or forced labour.
Patience had been brought into the UK on a domestic worker visa and was then forced to work long hours without any time off for almost three
years. Her “employer” confiscated her passport, refused to pay her and subjected her to verbal and physical abuse.
When Patience escaped and reported her treatment to the police no effective investigation was carried out and the employer was not interviewed. After Liberty issued judicial review proceedings, the police reopened the investigation but the prosecution was ultimately unsuccessful. At the time there was no criminal offence in the UK of subjecting a person to slavery or forced labour.