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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Campaign launched to fight human trafficking
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¬†The Christian human rights group, Jubilee Campaign group has launched a campaign today against human trafficking, in a bid to curb a growing trade that is a modern form of slavery. Spear-headed by the Cross-bench peer, Lord Alton of Liverpool, Jubilee's campaign is aimed at moving the government to introduce comprehensive legislation. This legislation will cover human trafficking for labour and sexual purposes, in the next Queen's speech. Currently, no such legislation exists, giving opportunity for traffickers to take advantage of women and children who are coerced or deceived to leave their country, desperate for a better life and then are able to use them as commodities under the threat of violence. When they arrive in the UK, they are abducted by their traffickers and kept as prisoners with all their funds controlled by the traffickers. An estimated 700,000 people that are believed to be trafficked especially from West Africa and Eastern Europe every year. Danny Smith, Jubilee Campaign's Director said: 'It is a scandal that slavery not only exists but ≠ in all its ugliness and evil ≠ flourishes, one hundred and fifty years after Wilberforce achieved its supposed abolition. People caught in trafficking are literally controlled by their 'masters' with no knowledge of the language and with their passport confiscated. If they try to escape they risk torture of even rape. The fact that no comprehensive legislation exists to prevent human trafficking and protect the victims once they on our shores must be challenged.' Jubilee Campaign has already visited countries where trafficking is rife and has initiated a full debate in the House of Lords on this issue. Jubilee Campaign is also calling on the Home Secretary to amend the criminal justice legislation so that is in incorporates mechanisms by which it is possible to use the confiscated profits from convicted trafficking networks to provide crucial support and protection services to the victims of trafficking. This is an important goal in the light of the fact that the trade in human beings is generating an estimated £4.3 billion a year. Jubilee is calling for these new powers so that support services for victims of trafficking, which are chronically under-funded, will be able to be to receive greater funding. It is also hoped that if a link between prosecution of traffickers and support for victims is made, it will give an incentive to victims to provide information to the police.
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