Monday, November 10, 2008

Britain Closing Effective Human Trafficking Unit Due To Lack Of Funding

From the Guardian UK:

Britain's only specialist police human trafficking unit is to be shut down after two years because of a lack of funding, the government said today. [...]

Last week, the 11-strong human trafficking team secured the convictions of a gang of six traffickers, brothel keepers and pimps for their parts in the ordeal of a Slovakian teenager tricked into coming to the UK and forced to work as a prostitute.

The men were jailed for a total of almost 53 years, an outcome Scotland Yard hailed as a "really great result". The case was the unit's biggest success.

After sentencing, at Southwark crown court, the Home Office issued a statement saying combating human trafficking was a "key government priority". Some 4,000 women are estimated to have been trafficked into sexual exploitation in the UK.

Closing this specialized unit does not sound like this crime is a key government priority. If something is a priority then effective efforts will be funded.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 3:46 PM   1 comments links to this post


At November 10, 2008 4:56 PM, Blogger JENNIFER DREW said...

I live in the UK and once again our present Government claims to be 'concerned' about women's and girls' rights but closing the only police specialist unit clearly demonstrates the present government has no interest or concern whatsoever with women's and girls' rights. Instead I believe it is because this unit was so successful that action had to be taken.

Our current government is similar to so many previous ones, all talk and no action which is why male violence against women and children continues to be ignored or sidelined.

After all we cannot have the numbers of female sexual slaves reduced can we? Otherwise what will male buyers do since it is male demand which ensures female sexual slavery creates such huge profits for the male traffickers, male brothel owners and of course brings so much 'pleasure' to the male buyers.


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