Posts Tagged ‘UK’

UKHTC

March 17, 2008

The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) was established to lead the fight against human trafficking. As global experts in their field, the Centre brings together a number of agencies, from law enforcement and government to nongovernmental agencies (NGOs) and charities, to create a specialist team.

The key theme of the campaign is ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ and the blindfold represents the risk of people being unaware of the crime going on around them. Given the nature of the crime, victims understandably can be reluctant and frightened to come forward. As such, in order to combat this modern form of slavery both the public and the authorities need to be vigilant and aware that the crime is going on around us.

 

The blue blindfold website has advice and signs to look out for, as well as real-life stories from previous victims of trafficking in the UK.

Closer to home

March 17, 2008

To bring the issue of child trafficking closer to home, I have found a news report by the BBC on child prostitutes in the UK.

The report, which was released in August, reveals that there are  5,000 prostitutes under the age of 18 in the UK.

I have to say that I was shocked when I read this report because I thought this kind of thing was unlikely to happen in this country where children are usually well protected. However, like I mentioned in my previous post, legal structures are inadequate to deal with the trafficking of human beings.

So what exactly needs to be done for this to stop?

To read the report, click here.

I would really appreciate your comments. Where you as shocked as I was or am I just being naive?