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20 Dec 2016

Leigh Day (UK)

Joy for trafficked workers, while 'UK's Worst Gangmaster' faces mounting legal bills

Leigh Day today announced it has achieved substantial compensation for the first claimants to ever bring a High Court case against a British company in relation to modern slavery.  The legal action...alleges that Kent-based couple, Darrell Houghton and Jacqueline Judge, who ran the company, DJ Houghton Catching Services Limited, had subjected victims of human trafficking to severe labour exploitation.  “Our clients have faced enormous difficulties since they came to the UK thinking they would be earning a decent living for honest work, but found themselves being terribly exploited by a British business,” said Ms Martin.  “Our clients are so pleased to finally be getting not only wages they were owed, but a substantial sum to settle claims alleging physical and psychological abuse.”...In addition to the compensation payable under the settlement, the Houghton defendants have had to pay a very large amount towards their own legal defence costs.  The Houghton defendants are also facing compensation claims from another 10 workers, whose case before the High Court had been stayed pending the outcome of the first six claims...