Greetings from The Slave Detective,
In 2006 I helped establish The Metropolitan Police Human Trafficking Team in London.
It was a very small unit that was victim focused and resulted in being responsible for over 26% of all human trafficking convictions in the UK in the time the legislation came into force. (2004 – 2010)
The unit was closed in 2010…I’m sure many have heard me go on about this before.
The unit that took over was The Vice Unit who promised 100 people dedicated to Human Trafficking. Their record previously dealing with Human Trafficking victims was poor and that didn’t change when they became the Human Exploitation Unit, run by Kevin Hyland. He had always made it clear he wanted the Human Trafficking Team closed and refused to have anything to do with us.
This team then gradually reduced their numbers until it ceased to exist this year and The Kidnap Unit took on Human Trafficking investigations.
The Human Exploitation Unit famously announced last year that they had cracked a Human Trafficking ring that had been holding three young ladies captive for 30yrs. Kevin Hyland was on the news announcing this as a major case. This was before they had even interviewed the victims.
One year on, this case has been swept under the proverbial rug and the poor performances of the Human Exploitation Unit hidden in the same spot.
Hyland loved to be in the media spot light but continued to fail to deliver.
So when Britain’s first anti-slavery commissioner was announced in The media this week you can imagine the warm feeling I had when I saw Kevin Hyland had been appointed by the Home Office to improve law enforcement against forced labour.
Looks like a poor performance is just what The Home Secretary wants….. or maybe even a fall guy to take the rap for the UK’s law enforcements dwindling efforts in dealing with Human Trafficking.
It makes me sad when I look at the herculean efforts put in by many of the Non Government Organisations in the UK and the huge amount of good news stories in other parts of the world.
Maybe I missed the news stories of the great job Kevin’s Team have done?
I’m sure this will sound the Death Nail for The Gang Masters Licencing Authority who have been under threat for a while now?