A victim of child trafficking has won £85,000 in compensation from the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice after he was sexually assaulted by a fellow inmate and illegally detained at Morton Hall immigration centre.
The victim, known as H, is a Vietnamese national who was trafficked to the UK by a criminal gang and forced to work cultivating cannabis at an empty property in Chesterfield. After the property was raided by police, H was found locked inside and was charged with cannabis cultivation. He was sentenced to eight months in a young offenders institution and was then transferred directly from incarceration to Morton Hall immigration centre in Lincolnshire.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) was ordered to pay £82,000 to the Vietnamese national after it admitted that the teenager was being detained illegally when he was assaulted by a fellow inmate. The SSHD accepted that it broke its own policies by continuing to detain H illegally for a further six months after the attack despite having identified him as a victim of modern slavery. The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) were ordered to pay a further £3,000 to H for failing to protect the teenager whilst he was detained for failing to launch an investigation following the attack.
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