Greetings from The Slave Detective,
I commence this blog with a warning! Everyone is presumed innocent until convicted.
I am still waiting to hear the outcome of the big news splash The Metropolitan Police had on 21st November 2013 of the three women ‘held’ for 30yrs. Speaking to colleagues still in this field of work I suspect Kevin Hyland would like it to pass away quietly.
I then found this Blog that I wrote but didn’t publish a while ago.
On a day when I hooked up with a couple of old colleagues from The Child Protection Team at New Scotland Yard and heard some of the horrid cases they are currently dealing with I noted this story is in the news.(Feb 2012)
Girl, 10, kept as ‘virtual slave’ is a headline on The BBC and tells a story of a child, now 19, who was kept in a cellar as a virtual slave for almost a decade.
There are many who will struggle to understand how someone can be kept as a ‘virtual slave’. The easy question is ‘Why didn’t they just run away?’
It is a topic I have covered many times. ‘The Stockholm Syndrome’ is maybe a good way to describe it. It is this tinged with a level of dependency, fear of the unknown and general level of control over the victim. The means to escape coupled with a language barrier, a fear of authority passed on from the captor and the fear of reprisal to the family. These are all compelling methods that work in the Traffickers favour.
The victim then has to trust their rescuers. No doubt in an instance like this they feel that no one will believe such upstanding members of the community could do such a thing.
On The Human Trafficking Team we had something very similar in one of our first cases. R V’s RAHMAN. The victim has come to the UK from Bangladesh and was met by the Travel Agent. When she retorted what had happened to her initially she decided not to tell us that she had been raped by him on her arrival to the UK before being passed on as a sex slave for a 72yr old male, who was also arrested and died of natural causes whilst awaiting trial.
This victim has very bravely agreed to assist other trafficked victims by featuring in a ‘Living Lens’ educational video.
Living Lens are producing tree video’s. Contact them for more details I’m sure they would share it with you.
One is for victims to let the authorities know what they are going through.
One is to let the victims know what they are about to encounter when they come forward as a survivor and the final one is going to be aimed at rehabilitation of offenders.
RAHMAN received 7 years imprisonment. Well done to DC Kieron Tiddy (now Detective Sargeant) for a great job on this one.
You can read the full story when my book is published…one day!
The ‘evil’ that humanity can do never ceases to amaze me.