Coercive control of Bridgwater woman
A rare case comes before Taunton Crown Court tomorrow. A man is to be sentenced having previously admitted to charges under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, coercive behaviour (Serious Crime Act 2015).
Miekel Lambert, 26, of Wolverhampton, admitted the offences along with being involved in the supply of Class A drugs (cocaine and heroin) at an earlier hearing on Friday 10 July.
The charges relating to coercive behaviour involve his exploitation and coercive control of his partner, a woman from Bridgwater. Miekel used her to help him transport drugs from the Midlands to her home in Bridgwater. This was all part of what the Police refer to as a “county lines” drug supply network.
In a statement released today the Police have called this a significant case: “believed to be the first occasion in which a human trafficking conviction has been secured in a domestic abuse or county lines case in Avon and Somerset Constabulary – and one of very few nationally.“