More action on human trafficking is needed says Local MP

October 14, 2010 11:00 AM

During a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday, Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington called for a serious reconsideration of the EU directive on human trafficking.

During the debate Tom said, "If the police are succeeding in identifying people who are responsible for human trafficking, it is not being followed through in terms of the number of convictions. For example, only five people were convicted of human trafficking for sexual exploitation in the first six months of this year compared with a figure in the low 30s in previous years. Therefore, we are not seeing many successful prosecutions."

The debate covered topics such as the definition of human trafficking, past and current attempts to reducing trafficking and the extent of trafficking within the UK and European Union. Of particular concern for Tom Brake was the UK opt out of the EU directive to reduce human trafficking.

"I know that the Government will consider the impact of the directive…If the directive is effective at tackling the issue, it is incumbent on us as a Government to support it."

The debate preceded Anti-Slavery day, happening this Monday. MPs involved in the debate all called attention to the underground nature of human trafficking and modern day slavery. Tom Brake asserted that better training for officers and others engaged in dealing with the problem will help officers identify those who are trafficked into the UK and those who come of their own volition.

The debate closed with statements from Minister of Immigration Damian Green: "The Government remains committed to working with our international partners in the European Union and the wider world…The important co-operation between British law enforcement agencies and European partners, including Europol and Frontex, will continue unaffected."

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