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Nick Clegg Calls for Renewed Drive to Combat Human Trafficking
20 July, 2009, 9:41 am
Filed under: Inside Westminster, News, Statements

Nick Clegg Calls for Renewed Drive to Combat Human Trafficking

20th July 2009

Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats has called for an anti-trafficking phoneline to be set up to combat human trafficking. Research published by the Home Office this week showed that human-traffickers see Britain as a ‘soft touch’ where massive profits can be made smuggling in coerced women.

In Italy, a freephone trafficking hotline for clients to anonymously report concerns and for victims to expose their criminal bosses receives thousands of calls and has helped thousands of women to be rescued. The Liberal Democrats are proposing the advertising of a similar hotline in the UK to be required as part of the licensing agreement for all strip clubs.

Visiting the UK Human Trafficking Centre in Sheffield on Friday 17th July, Nick Clegg called for the hotline as part of a renewed drive to combat the international trade in women. He said:

“The UK is still a magnet for this evil trade in human misery. Thousands of vulnerable women are still being trafficked into this country and coerced into prostitution.

Trapped in brothels and relationships with violent pimps, a well-advertised phoneline could provide a vital lifeline to these desperate women.

Clearly this international problem can only be effectively tackled with our European partners. We should work with future EU candidate countries to ensure they have anti-trafficking policies that respect human rights.”

Further Information

Research published this week by the Home Office highlighted that people traffickers think the UK is a soft touch when it comes to getting illegal immigrants across the border. Find the document: Here

The Liberal Democrats are proposing providing a freephone trafficking hotline for clients to report concerns and for victims to self-report. Advertising of this hotline would be required as part of the licensing agreement for all sex encounter establishments. Ending the increasing criminalisation of noncoercive prostitution and increasing efforts to help those wishing to exit the sex industry. In Italy the hotline receives tens of thousands of calls from concerned punters and as a result thousands of women have been rescued and been granted humanitarian leave to remain and assistance into work or education.

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