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On this; Anti-Slavery Day 2013, the UK Government have announced their intention to move forward with a Modern Slavery Bill - BRAVO! Simultaneously The Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group have released their 2nd Report on Trafficking - summising 2012 statistics. This highlights that trafficking cases increased by 25% 2011>2012 - that's cases uncovered and referred through the National Referral Mechanism to The UK Human Trafficking Centre. Since launching in April 2013 the UKHTC have received 3381 referrals.
The COMBAT Final Evaluation Report is now in print. We have uploaded a copy to the website. Please take a look. Alongside the training materials and also the film [also recently uploaded] I think it demonstrates that a great deal of very valuable work was carried out 2011>2012 in the fight against trafficking by CSWP-UK, KMD-Lithuania & OPA-Bulgaria. We are again bidding for continuation funding for COMBAT II - this time to ISEC [Crime Fighting] in the EU. We are joining two new delivery partners to the Project and have also identified new dissemination and evaluation partners.
The Met called him 'Adam' - a 5/6 year old Nigerian boy found murdered and dismembered in the Thames in 2001. This case remains the only unsolved murder of a child in the history of the Met. 'Adam' was poisoned with 'Carabar Bean'; paralysed but conscious when beheaded and dismembered. He had been trafficked from Nigeria [Benin City] via Germany to the UK [it is alleged] by 'Kinglsey Ojo' a convicted and deported Nigerian people smuggler. The case is still open and detectives from the Met continue their investigations. It was rev
" You must never be fearful of what you are doing when it is right."
The Nigerian Government this week proposed to strenghten anti-trafficking legislation - it is estimated that 45,000 female nationals alone are trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation / domestic servitude & forced labour - increasing amounts of vicims are minors. The proposed upper sentence of seven years still seems little punishment for an offence which often involves disempowerment through the use of witchcraft / Juju and ritual cutting.
Last month, Not For Sale Thailand Director Kru Nam took part in a national forum for Human Rights, representing her home region in Northern Thailand in the debate on the rights of the stateless child living on the Thai-Myanmar border.
Please type in this link and watch the COMBAT Project Film on youtu.be/ZA0b-IQIM10
This morning the nine men accused of running the Oxford child trafficking ring go on trial at the Old Bailey in London. The trial represents the culmination of Operation Bullfinch, which investigated the trafficking and sexual abuse of over 50 vulnerable young girls [the youngest victim is 11 years old] in Oxford - many known to Social Services / in care. The twelve week trial will not represent the end of the matter. As in Rochdale there will be a Serious Case Review in Social Services to try and ascertain how children in care could have been groomed and abused