People trafficking

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/1172
Question By: 
Bob Blackman
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What actions are you proposing to highlight and overcome the scandal of people trafficking in London?

Answer

Answer for People trafficking

Answer for People trafficking

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In recent months we have also welcomed the development of a new MPS Human Trafficking Team, which is part of the Specialist Crime Directorate. Its prime focus is to tackle the criminal gangs who profit from this insidious trade and it is currently undertaking a number of operations. The team recognises the need to put the rights of the victim at the centre of any investigation and work closely with a number of NGOs' seeking to improve the level of service provided to victims, this can include provision of secure accommodation and enhanced access to medical facilities.The MPS Human Trafficking Team promotes training and awareness to front line MPS staff to give them a greater understanding of the issues faced by victims of trafficking, this will in turn lead to an improved level of service.MPS staff engaged in borough-based policing, Clubs and Vice and the Child Abuse Investigation Command have all made great in-roads when it comes to tackling trafficking. As an example I would like to highlight a recent joint operation involving Barking and Dagenham Borough and Clubs and Vice, this led to convictions for a man and a woman for involvement in trafficking for sexual exploitation; twenty-one and four years imprisonment were imposed respectively. In addition, last month the Human Trafficking Team charged two Bulgarians in relation for trafficking for sexual exploitation.Finally, in September I am hosting a Roundtable on Child Sexual Exploitation in London, where we will continue to elevate the profile of this particular manifestation of trafficking.