Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tory policies “playing into the hands of slavers”

Responding to new statistics on victims of trafficking and modern slavery, published by the National Crime Agency yesterday, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:
“The appalling scale of slavery in 21st century Britain shames our country.
“These figures are shocking, but even worse are the thousands more victims who remain hidden – because they are unable or unwilling to come forward, and because the authorities do not have the resources they need to pro-actively go after trafficking and exploitation.
“Theresa May once rightly called modern slavery ‘the great human rights issue of our time’, yet her hostile environment makes it harder for victims to come forward. Her refusal to fund enforcement properly is playing into the hands of slavers.
“Liberal Democrats demand better for the victims of modern slavery. We will end the hostile environment and give the police, the Border Force and the Gang-masters and Labour Abuse Authority the resources they need to stop traffickers, free victims and bring those who exploit them to justice.”

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