Home Office accused of cruelty for ordering cannabis slave back to Vietnam – The Guardian

Teenager spent five years as a cannabis gardener in the UK being beaten and threatened, after he was seized from Hanoi aged 10

S, a child-trafficked former cannabis slave, faces deportation to Vietnam. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Home Office accused of cruelty for ordering cannabis slave back to Vietnam

Teenager spent five years as a cannabis gardener in the UK being beaten and threatened, after he was seized from Hanoi aged 10

The Home Office has been accused of cruelty over a decision to send a child victim of trafficking, who spent years in enforced slavery cultivating cannabis plants in England, back to Vietnam, where he has no family.

The child, known as S, was a 10-year-old orphan living on the streets of Hanoi, when he was picked up by gangsters and trafficked from Vietnam to England. For five years he was locked into a series of terraced houses which had been converted into cannabis farms, and forced to work as a cannabis gardener.

He worked for no pay in dangerous conditions, watering the plants, mixing toxic growth-boosting chemical fertilisers, turning industrial lights on and off at eight-hourly intervals to maximise plant growth, and pruning and drying out the crops. The chemicals made him ill; he burned his hair and skin on the hot lamps, and occasionally got electric shocks from the tangle of wires powering the

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