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Davis slams trafficking record

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Shadow home secretary David Davis has condemned the government’s record on trafficked children, calling for a shake-up of policy surrounding the establishment of safe houses.

Mr Davis last week claimed that more than half of 330 children rescued from trafficking over an 18-month period had disappeared from council care and could still be under the control of gang bosses.

Claiming that the government had no proper action plan, one year after the signing of the European Convention on Human Trafficking, he said: “We are betraying the victims of this appalling trade, including some of the most vulnerable in our society.”

Mr Davis also highlighted the exclusion of children from the£2.4m network of Poppy Project refuges for trafficked women sex workers, and called for an end to the bar.

However, Steve Liddicott, divisional director of children’s services at Croydon LBC, said that safe houses often failed to live up to their name. “Safe houses aren’t necessarily secure houses,” he said.

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