A Vietnamese victim of child slavery has launched legal proceedings against the government after he was sexually assaulted at Morton Hall immigration removal centre, the Guardian can reveal.
The Home Office has admitted that the 19-year-old – known as H – was being detained illegally when he was attacked by another inmate, who attempted to rape him in his cell in 2016.
H had already been recognised as a potential victim of child trafficking at the time of the assault and the Home Office accepts that he should not have been subject to immigration detention.
After the assault, H continued to be held at Morton Hall for a further six months. Following interventions by law firm Duncan Lewis, the Home Office confirmed that H was a victim of modern slavery but refused to release him. It has continued to try to deport him back to Vietnam.