So it does happen here! It is an Open Wound

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.

CSJ say

“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.”

This somewhat echo’s what I have been saying for a while.

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.



4 responses to “So it does happen here! It is an Open Wound

  1. You state: “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!”

    Please report accurately. As Chair of the Working Group it is clearly stated in the full report the makeup of the working group is as follows. Nick Sumner is from SCD9 of the Metropolitan Police – the specialist trafficking unit. Nick Kinsella a former police officer and first head of the UK Human Trafficking Centre. So one current and one former policing practitioner.

    Also the group contained two individuals from the world of business, one barrister, one professor of law and human rights, a trustee (businessman) of an NGO and myself and another member from a NGO.

    We also had two special advisors – one from the world of business and one academic.

    Many thanks

    • Thank you for your comment.

      I know both Police Officers and what they have done in the field of Human Trafficking. Both departments have received considerable criticism from trafficking practitioners. The UKHTC and SCD9 have yet to be noted as being a Centre of Excellence.

      As for my comment in relation to ‘exactly how partisan they are’. That was not a slight on any of the persons but a answer to a response in one of the news papers commenting on the fact that you were in no way ‘Non partisan’.

      The reader of the report can see exactly what the background of each person is and the diverse arena’s that you hail from. There are many sides of the difficult prism covered.

      I am enjoying working my way through the report and discussing it with those I share an interest in.

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