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A vital step in combating human trafficking

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Meg Munn MP is delighted that the government will sign up to Europe-wide measures to combat human trafficking. The UK will at last sign the EU directive aimed at co-ordinating action to stop the trafficking of human beings across national frontiers. Meg has been pressing the government to sign this important EU directive for some months, along with a number of her colleagues from across the House of Commons. 

 

When Meg was Minister for Women and Equality she made it a government priority. She took part in a number of initiatives, including at European level, to improve co-operation across borders in order to tackle this shameful trade in human beings. In August 2006 she visited the UK Human Trafficking Centre to show her support for its work. One of the aims of the centre is to provide a victim-centred approach where police forces provide local support services for victims of trafficking by developing local partnerships with appropriate service providers.

 

Signing the EU directive will help bring better protection for victims of trafficking and increase the chance of successfully prosecuting the gangs that exploit them. More than 700 suspected cases of trafficking were referred to the UK Human Trafficking Centre in the year to March 2010. Three-quarters of the victims were women and almost half the cases involved sexual exploitation.

 

Meg commented:

 

“I am extremely pleased that the government has at long last seen sense and indicated they will sign the EU directive on human trafficking. We need to work closely together across borders in order to combat this vile trade in human beings.”

 


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