Greetings from The Slave Detective,
For the first time in a long time Human Trafficking is the lead story on all of the news reports in The UK.
Of course it wasn’t for good news! We don’t ‘DO’ good news.
The Centre for Social Justice have released a national report “It Happens Here”
The 224 page report focuses on the failing in the UK when dealing with Human Trafficking.
Who are the CSJ?
How are they qualified to write such a report?
They are a Working Group who are non-partisan, comprising prominent academics, practitioners and policy makers who have expertise in the relevant fields. They consult nationally and internationally, especially with charities and social enterprises, who are the champions of the welfare society.
The report lists their names and includes the Crown Prosecution lead on Human Trafficking, Pam BOWEN who I have the up most respect for. She knows her stuff.
Unfortunately it does not include a Policing Practitioner. The remaining persons are from NGO’s . Take a look and decide exactly how non partisan they are!
The report sets out 80 recommendations for consideration. Read the full report here.
“We cannot, with integrity, claim our place as a world leader in the fight against modern slavery unless these proposals are taken seriously.
This change should begin in government, but our work is a siren to many.
It is for police forces, social workers, NGOs and statutory agencies across the country. It is a wakeup call to the business community and the general public. Because ending modern slavery means all must play a part.”
That the authorities are “either failing to understand the nature of this abuse or turning a blind eye to its existence.”
In truth the only persons rubbing their hands in delight are the Organised Criminal Networks as those that are ‘In Power’, lurch from one disaster to another.
It is FACT that prosecutions for Human Trafficking Offences are reducing. Figures for known victims coming to the attention of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) say victims are increasing.
The NRM is the UK’s framework for identifying victims of human trafficking and ensuring they receive the appropriate protection and support. It is described by the CSJ as shambolic.
NRM provisional statistics for 2012 gives a breakdown of the UK figures.
Of course there are many that oppose the reliability of the UK’s NRM in both directions but it is the best view we have of the picture of human trafficking in the UK that has been identified.
There was also a report in The Sunday Times that highlighted a survivors account in the CSJ paper. Enslaved Girl Raped 90 Times in a weekend.
It is a shocking account by a 16yr old young lady who gave her account to the Working Group.
I think I will read the recommendations in more detail and maybe comment further.