Yard to hold trafficking conference

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Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Scotland Yard is holding its first national human trafficking conference.

Representatives from leading anti-slavery and trafficking organisations, the Home Office, National Crime Agency, specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police’s trafficking and kidnap unit and the NHS to share expertise in tackling the crime and helping victims.

Victim care, the crucial role that local police teams play in the fight against human trafficking, the importance of building solid working relationships with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and the benefits of joint investigation teams with foreign police services will be among the issues discussed at the event, staged ahead of national Anti-Slavery Day on October 18.

Speakers are set to include representatives from London South Bank University, the Institute of Criminology University of Cambridge, anti-slavery and trafficking organisations Rahab and Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

Since a central Metropolitan Police human trafficking team was first set up in April 2010, the trafficking and kidnap unit has conducted 182 operations, made 422 arrests and assisted 734 victims.

Acting DCI Phil Brewer of the MPS Trafficking and Kidnap Unit said: “Every day, organised criminals across the UK, throughout Europe and around the globe are trafficking men, women and children. These people are enslaved and exploited in our own neighbourhoods.

“This conference is a vital opportunity for police services and partner agencies across the UK to share their expertise and knowledge of human trafficking, with a view to improving how we identify and assist victims, and how we work together tackle this issue.”

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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