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Meg welcomes new commitment to tackle human trafficking

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Prime Minister has announced that the UK has signed up to the Council of Europe’s convention on human trafficking. The convention grants victims of human trafficking at least 30 days to recover from their ordeal and reflect on whether they will help police with a prosecution against offenders.


Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn MP said:


‘By signing this convention the UK has given a further commitment to tackle this inhumane practice. This is a huge issue across the EU and it needs a collective response from all member states. The government has already done a huge amount to tackle this problem from: increased resources to bring those responsible to justice and to help to assist victims like, for example, the UK Human Trafficking Centre which opened last year right here in Sheffield. This convention will help protect victims and allow them to recuperate - a move which I welcome.’


Trafficking in human beings as defined by EU law is not only a crime aiming at the sexual or labour exploitation of persons, mainly at the sexual exploitation of women and children. It is also a fundamental violation of human rights. A high degree of organised-crime-involvement and a wide range of illegal operations in various states as countries of origin, transit or destination of trafficked victims are characteristics of human trafficking.


For more information visit: www.homeoffice.gov.uk or www.ukhtc.org


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