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Government 'failing to stop human trafficking'

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The Conservative Party has attacked the government for not taking enough action to stop human trafficking.

In a research paper, Human Trafficking: One Year On , shadow home secretary David Davies calls for:

  • Pentameter 2 - the police-led drive to tackle trafficking - to be made permanent

  • More support for trafficking victims

  • More safe houses for victims

  • The government to comply with the European convention on human trafficking

  • Robust law enforcement against traffickers

  • A UK border police force to be established

Mr Davis said:"We are betraying the victims of this appalling trade, including some of the most vulnerable in our society."

Conviction rate criticised

The paper also says the conviction rate for traffickers under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which stands at 67, is too low.

But a Home Office spokesman defended the government's performance, adding it had a "comprehensive end-to-end" strategy in place.

"We have introduced wide-ranging, anti-trafficking laws resulting in a number of successful convictions, and have put in place the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the UK Human Trafficking Centre.

The spokesman added that:

  • The Council of Europe Convention had been signed and will be ratified soon

  • A new victim identification, referral and support process is being piloted

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