Human Traffic Watch

Cuts threaten Scotland Yard’s anti-trafficking unit

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on October 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

The future of Scotland Yard’s pioneering anti-trafficking unit is uncertain less than a year after David Cameron promised to make Britain a “world leader” in the fight against people smuggling.

Senior police sources have voiced fears that the Metropolitan police’s flagship trafficking unit, the human exploitation and organised crime command (SCD9), may be forced to lose specialist officers due to budget constraints. Government figures last week showed the number being trafficked into the UK was rising. But immigration minister Mark Harper warned that the number of those being prosecuted was still “not enough”.

Campaigners say any attempt to downsize the specialist unit for tackling trafficking would undermine the Met’s fight to stop organised trafficking syndicates operating in the UK.

Source: Guardian


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