Greetings from The Slave Detective,
Modern slavery has been allowed to grow and develop in the UK because of demand.
Together we have allowed human beings to be bought and sold as mere commodities for profit, gain or gratification. Systemic issues around the demand for modern slavery must be addressed and these will take a generation to deal with, but in the interim we must begin the hard work of making the UK as hostile a place as possible for these criminals to operate in, turning this crime from one of ‘low risk, high return’ to ‘high risk, low return’
These are not my words but something I have been saying for a very long time.
These are words from the Centre for Social Justice Report recently published by the Slavery Working Group.
From the moment I became involved in investigation of Human Trafficking I believed that we should be empowering victims and prosecuting Human Traffickers, target hardening vulnerable potential victims.
To do this we need a dedicated, joined up, focused ‘Team’ of experts from Police, NGO’s and Government.
NGO’s need to work very closely with investigators to ensure they provide the victims with the help and support they need.
Those exploited need to be confident in those providers.
It is very simple!
Dedicated resources at NGO, Policing, Prosecuting and after-care need to be established.
Legislation was created in 2004 to tackle this problem. Maximum sentences of 14yrs were attached to the legislation for trafficking to denote the seriousness of the offence yet still even today we do not have dedicated Prosecutors or resources for Human Trafficking.
So does the CSJ report advocate this?
I posted comment initially on the report and received a ‘Comment’ from the author of the report Andy WALLIS.
Andy was unhappy with my comment. I understand he was equally unhappy with Anne Elizabeth Oldfield Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss to whom the report was recently presented. The Baroness felt the report attacked the Government rather that look to work with it.
Andy wrote :-
“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” (click to see my reply)
I stand by my comments. Neither Police Officers involved in this report have ever dealt personally with a Human Trafficking case. They are policing Managers (or have been). Now Retired, Nick Kinsella was the head of The UKHTC, The UK Human Trafficking Centre which was a centre that received intelligence and reports on Human Trafficking. He currently runs a Consulting Agency on Human Trafficking.
Det Chief Inspector Nick Sumner has the Human Exploitation Unit at New Scotland Yard as one of the teams he is responsible for. This Unit was formally called Clubs and Vice dealing with Targeting Prostitution and Vice related problems in London. They have the lead for Human Trafficking but have failed to perform and received strong criticism from The Mayors Office of London.
I would go as far to say that I have interviewed more victims than both of them since I retired from The Police in 2011. I could be wrong, but I doubt it!
Anyway…… to the report!
Firstly I’m pleased that the report has raised awareness of Human Trafficking. It was the lead report in many media areas.
It has some very good proposals. Can we realistically expect them to be implemented in the UK?
I think Baroness Butler-Sloss might have a point. To get any of these proposals into place we need a champion in the Government.
For any Minister to stick their head above the parapet we need to have a Public demand brought forward by an awareness.
Does this article raise awareness?
It was headline news! So it is a start.
I still have had to have time to work my way fully through all of the proposals. It is heavy going for me so how will another interested person work though it?