Greetings from The Slave Detective,
Well Christmas is coming!
This time of year always reminds me of a case I did right back at the beginning of the Human Trafficking Team.
‘Operation BACTRIAN’ basically initially identified 9 victims, targeting a Romanian Organised Criminal Network (OCN).
It initially highlighted a lack of good working practice between Romanian Authorities and UK, mostly the UK’s fault, but resulted in an uncoordinated approach. The Romanian Authorities were frustrated with the lack of action by the UK.
Part of OCN had already been arrested in Romania and disruption in UK. This OCN were never all captured but it led us to a guy called Ali ARLSLAN.
The focus transferred to his ‘Trafficking Friendly’ brothel. Observations suggested 10 women held at premises that were not going freely about their business. We witnessed up to 70 Men a night going into this place.
Enforcement on premises in Luton just before Christmas 2007 forced it’s closure, proved prostitution but failed to secure further victims. There were 13 women in premises. None presented as victims. We had already found one survivor who would give evidence but it wasn’t until after this arrest we discovered a 16yr old girl who he had also held in prostitution against her will.
I will never forget her telling us that ARSLAN was The Nice Man!!! He had let her keep some of her money!
I will never forget the sign on the door as we entered on the 13th December 2007.
I often discuss this case when I give lectures, how they were tricked by family friends, then cornered and raped.
If you want to know more about this case then either come and listen to me talk or wait for my book ‘Dirty Little Secrets’ to be finished. It is slowly getting there!
So as the festivities are in full swing, you’re enjoying your night out with your friends, toasting all that is good about this time of year, spare a thought for those that have to work from 4pm to 6am in a ‘Massage Parlour’.
Do you have a 16yr old child?
Just make sure your not one of those who frequents there!
While you are thinking about that take a read of this article “Legalized prostitution significantly increases human sex trafficking: study”
It is a study of the impact of legalised prostitution which has found that countries where prostitution is legal experience larger reported human trafficking inflows than countries in which prostitution is prohibited.
It looks at Netherlands, Sweden and other countries at opposite ends of the spectrum.
What I found most enlightening was the number of victims identified in these countries. Not just less but significantly less.
In 1999 Sweden passed legislation that criminalised the buying of sex, and decriminalized the selling of sex. The principle behind this legislation is clearly stated in the government’s literature on the law: “In Sweden prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children.”
having worked with The Swedish Police I don’t think the low numbers of identified women victims is in any way a result of them not wanting to tackle the problem. They do not ‘victimized’ trafficked persons either.
And finally don’t be fooled in any way into thinking that Men are the root of all problems in this area. I have spoken before of this
Women make the best Traffickers!! This is a case in India which is exactly that.
I’ve mentioned a few times The Case of R V’s Novak, our Operation SHAWM.
One of my DC’s Mark Simpson, who was the driving force behind convicting Arslan, explains it better than me when he says,
“Women know how to explain what they want to other women. Especially when they have been in that position. They don’t use the threat of force, they don’t need to. They reason with a fellow ‘woman’ and convince them it isn’t that bad.”
A very Merry Christmas to one and all.