Police ‘failing to deal’ with human trafficking misery

 

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Most victims of human trafficking are being ignored because police continue to focus on large-scale trade organised by criminal gangs, a new report claims.

The majority of people trafficked are brought into this country on their own or in groups of two or three and are left open to abuse, according to the study.

Those who do summon the courage to seek help from the police or councils find themselves turned away or not believed.

The research by London Assembly member Andrew Boff suggested concentrating on organised trafficking gangs allowed many cases to slip through the net.

Mr Boff highlighted several cases including three London police stations turning away a man who escaped from his traffickers.

Mr Boff said: ‘My research shows that there is total denial that the trafficking and sex grooming of boys exists, and this can be linked to the social stigmas attached to being a male victim as well as the stereotypes of being a man.

‘Labour trafficking cases will soon overtake sex trafficking cases and yet this serious form of exploitation is also downgraded by the authorities.’

A Home Office report on organised crime published this month said the human trafficking trade is worth an estimated £130million nationwide. Some estimates put the number of victims in Britain as high as 4,000.

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Figures from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency show there were 389 cases potential trafficking cases so far this year but just 36 were picked up by the Metropolitan Police, according to Mr Boff.

His report claimed the Met’s anti-trafficking unit is overstretched and there is a target driven culture in the force.

Mr Boff said human trafficking was ‘a very complex crime’ with many hidden and informal cases, which could mean domestic trafficking of Nigerian children under the guise of informal fostering, the exploitation of Latin Americans in the au pair industry, and the sex grooming of British boys on the internet.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said it was ‘disappointed’ with the report’s conclusions.

The force insisted it took a proactive approach and ‘responds to and builds up intelligence’.

Writing for Metro, home secretary Theresa May described equated human trafficking to modern-day slavery and described it as ‘the evil in our midst’.

 

 

 

source:  http://metro.co.uk/2013/10/14/police-failing-to-deal-with-human-trafficking-misery-4144814/

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