24 October 2017
[…] Delay in protecting victims
An eastern European man attended a police station to report an assault, and an appointment was made for him to return the following day when an interpreter would be present. The victim failed to attend until two days later. During an interview it became clear that he was being beaten and had been raped by men he worked for in a takeaway restaurant below the flat he rented. He worked excessive hours and although he received cash payments for this work, he paid most of this back to the shop owner in rent.
More effective questioning at the front desk during the initial contact would have helped to identify the seriousness of the offences and the immediate and continued risk facing the victim at his home address. […]