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The actress, a self-proclaimed Homeland uber-fan, was overjoyed to meet star of the agent drama Damian Lewis. The spoiler? Not so much

A scared boy of five found under a lorry in China

MPs warn Home Office is failing on human trafficking

The Home Office should be stripped of almost all its front-line responsibilities for monitoring human trafficking because of poor decision-making and shambolic data collection, a cross-party group of MPs is expected to recommend this week.

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as kidnapped slave Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave'

12 Years A Slave, review: 'Steve McQueen forces us to confront the brutality of slavery'

McQueen confronts what few filmmakers have been prepared to address

The conversation: Environmental activist Laurens de Groot on running from seal clubbers and why you don't mess with Russia

Sea Shepherd would aim to scupper missions by any means, whether it was throwing foul-smelling acid or sinking ships. At what point did you join?

Theresa May said slavery was a 'harsh reality' of modern Britain

Modern Slavery Bill: 'Appalling' human traffickers to receive life sentences under draft legislation

Home Office confirms Bill will be published on same day Theresa May receives evidence from MPs and experts, who urged her to 'make the most of the opportunity' to change the law

The raids were carried out at three travellers’ sites near Bristol, including Tall Trees in Almondsbury

Police rescue three male ‘slaves’ from traveller sites

Three men have been rescued after apparently being forced to live in squalid conditions and work for little or no pay in a new case of alleged slavery on travellers’ sites.

Police guard the flats being investigated in connection with an alleged slavery case

London 'slaves' case: Couple arrested ran Communist sect in the 1970s

Both were arrested last week, accused of keeping three women as domestic slaves

Officers stand outside flats in Brixton, south London, as police are conducting house-to-house inquiries

London 'slavery house': Police alerted Lambeth Council 15 years ago

Latest: Reports suggest alleged victims may have been moved around several times over three decades

The Home Secretary, Theresa May

Slavery: the hint that Theresa May gave a fortnight ago of dramatic rescue

Home Secretary told awards ceremony of 'men, women and children in our country ... living lives of servitude and misery'

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland speaks to the press

Lambeth 'slaves': The women freed after 30 years in London house

Three ‘deeply traumatised’ victims rescued in Lambeth include one who has been a captive all her life

Tragically this case of modern slavery comes as no real surprise

Three women have been held in slavery for 30 years, in a regular house in south London. For most people, that will come as a shock. These things could happen somewhere else, possibly once in Austria a few years ago, such as in the Natascha Kampusch case, but in London? Are we shocked? Yes. Am I surprised? Unfortunately not.

Martin Bashir says Sarah Palin is an 'idiot' and suggests someone should defecate in her mouth

Bashir used his afternoon show to launch a scathing attack on Ms Palin over her comments comparing the US national debt with slavery

Sand storm: Saoud Al Mohannadi, general secretary of the Qatar FA

Exclusive: Is Zahir Belounis a Qatari wage slave or not? Local FA break silence to dispute footballer's 'nightmare' tale

He has become a cause célèbre, the journeyman footballer who sought riches in Qatar but wound up "a destroyed man" because of unpaid wages, blocked from leaving the Gulf state that hopes to welcome thousands of visitors to the 2022 World Cup.

Five women rescued as police raid suspected brothels in Birmingham

Two women and three men arrested following late-night raids

South Wales slavery inquiry: Third 'victim' found by police

Investigation sparked after shock discovery of man in Marshfield who had been missing for 13 years

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