Exploitation of homeless people

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1784
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You will be aware of the trafficking abroad of homeless people in London by the criminal element of the travelling community, to work as virtual slaves. How much police resource is put into tackling the exploitation of homeless people?

Answer

Answer for Exploitation of homeless people

Answer for Exploitation of homeless people

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS has a dedicated Human Trafficking Unit within SCO7. They have a total of 37 staff that are focused on investigating all forms of human trafficking. The HTU has met with Thames Reach and a number of other charities who support homeless people.Approximately 45 per cent of the victims dealt with by the unit are referred to them by NGO's using their direct victim referral scheme.