Operation Lanhydrock (1)

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following the Metropolitan Police Service's failure to extract a disclosure from any of the ten women who voluntarily went to a reception centre organised by SC&07 Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit, what lessons have been learned to ensure that any future operations similar to Lanhydrock rescues trafficked people?


Answer for Operation Lanhydrock (1)

Answer for Operation Lanhydrock (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is important to note that those responsible for modern slavery deliberately target vulnerable people who are often fearful of the implications of speaking out. Those implications can include violence directed at the victim, their family or loved ones, the fear of not being believed and also the fear, as a non-EU national, of being deported from the UK if they seek help. Many victims do not recognise themselves as such.

Nevertheless, as with all operations, I can assure you that a full review and debrief has taken place to consider opportunities to improve practice. This included engagement with NGOs ensuring a partnership approach was maintained. Future operations will be designed dependent on the overall aims and intelligence picture at that time. However the Met recognise that early involvement of NGOs in both the planning and the execution of these operations is key in increasing the likelihood of securing disclosure from trafficked people.