Help stop the closure of London's specialist Human Trafficking unit
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The Metropolitan Police may shut its specialist unit to tackle human trafficking because of lack of funding. http://www.thefword.org.uk/blog/2009/10/met_may_shut_do
This the second time that the unit has been threatened with closure due to funding issues; last time, it was given a reprieve.
It is interesting that on the 23rd October it was reported in The London Evening Standard - http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-14491017-police-smash-human-trafficking-gang.do#
Detectives from the Operation Maxim task force, which targets "slave-master" gangs, swooped on business and residential addresses in south London and Surrey, smashing a multi-million-pound illegal immigration and human trafficking racket.
The good news so far is that a list of charities including Amnesty, the NSPCC, End Child Prostitution and Trafficking and the Poppy Project have signed a letter urging the Met to keep this unit.
“Human trafficking is a complex, sensitive issue. Given the continually evolving nature of the crime, it has taken the Human Trafficking Team and Non-Governmental Organizations working in the field a number of years to develop their expertise in the area. Policing trafficking for forced labour, domestic servitude and all other forms of exploitation requires specialist knowledge and understanding of trafficking, dedicated resources and commitment.”
The charities also warn that when London plays host to the 2012 Olympics it could become even more of a magnet for the traffickers because experience shows that where large number of people gather there is an increased demand for sexual services.
But the activity of the charities alone may not guarantee that the unit will not be closed. They need your support...................
Please help by adding your voice to the protest by signing the petition here - http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/specialtraffickingunit/index.html
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