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Author Topic: met police launch new sex trafficking hotline  (Read 776 times)

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-13604946

Freephone for trafficking victims The Metropolitan Police Service wants to encourage victims to come forward
A free phone line for the victims of human trafficking has been launched.

The Metropolitan Police Service wants people who have been brought to the UK and forced to work for little or no wages to report the crimes.

The number is featured in a poster campaign produced for the force and the charity Stop The Traffik.

The force's SCD9 unit, which fights human exploitation, has secured 12 convictions in 12 months and a further 20 people are awaiting trial.

Det Ch Supt Richard Martin, head of SCD9, said: "I hope that this poster and the freephone number it shows will encourage and enable victims who are suffering at the hands of traffickers to get in touch with us.

"Since SCD9 was formed in April last year, we have been working to raise awareness and understanding of all aspects of human trafficking, including trafficking for sexual exploitation and trafficking in the context of domestic servitude and forced labour."

Offline Jimmyredcab



The force's SCD9 unit, which fights human exploitation, has secured 12 convictions in 12 months and a further 20 people are awaiting trial.


I would love to know how much it cost to set up and run this specialised unit.
Surely this proves that sex trafficking in the UK is not such a serious a problem or they would have secured more than 12 convictions in a year.  :(

Offline TheDonkeyWork

12 convictions of pretty significant criminals if all 12 were traffickers.

We're not exactly talking petty theft or even small time supply of Class A - we're talking about people peddling misery and facilitating abuse.

So, if all 12 were indeed traffickers (and if they are, doubtless involved in no end of other criminal franchises too), I say it was worth the investment irrespective of the size.

Offline ladyofthemansion

Will probably get pimps making anonymous phonecalls on rival parlours.

Offline TheDonkeyWork

Will probably get pimps making anonymous phonecalls on rival parlours.

true...

but then, if they've got nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear - although I unreservedly accept that a parlour owner always has "something" to hide or at least be fearful of the authorities for... who knows when they're gonna just pull the plug!

Offline Jimmyredcab

12 convictions of pretty significant criminals if all 12 were traffickers.

You have to remember that not all trafficked girls are forced against their will.
Many are happy to come here to escape poverty in their own country.

I only see forced trafficking as serious, in the eyes of the law ALL trafficking is the same, I disagree.

Offline TheDonkeyWork

I disagree... if trafficked girls are here - by force or otherwise - they are here illegally and they are breaking the law.

Of course, forced trafficking is far more reprehensible - but it's still flouting the law.


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