Hello blog readers!
It is a known fact that anti-trafficking operations / safe houses / preventative strategies around the world have incredibly limited resources in terms of people power and money.
In London, it’s about to get a lot more streamlined as the Met review the fate of an anti – trafficking team.
On the realisation that the needs of those trafficked into sexual exploitation were not best met within usual crime teams such as Clubs and Vice, a special anti-trafficking unit was set up as part of Operation MAXIM.
The existence of a separate police unit has seen an increase in prosecutions and rescues in and around London. They have also been specially trained to deal with victims from a humanistic, victim centred approach whilst catching the bad guys (or girls as the case may be).
STOP THE TRAFFIK think it crazy this victim focused team be disbanded and are asking you to help make a one last line of resistance!
We would be thrilled if you emailed / wrote a few lines expressing your (and our!) concerns about the life span of anti – trafficking units and commitment of the Met to view trafficking as a gross violation of human rights.
Please email / write to (I have drafted a letter below for you to cut and paste if are short of time!)
Cressida Dick Assistant Commissioner Specialist Crime Directorate Metropolitan Police Service New Scotland Yard Broadway LONDON SW1H 0BG
Dear Ms Dick,
I am writing to express my concern over the life-span of the Met’s specialist anti-trafficking team as part of Operation MAXIM.
Although I understand you are bound by funding issues and that streamlining anti – trafficking activities is necessary to avoid any miscommunication and confusion; it seems logical that a problem as big and horrific as human trafficking requires a dedicated, specialist team who focus their attention solely on reducing harm felt by those who have been preyed upon and trafficked.
I am concerned that if the anti – trafficking team are relocated into other policing units; for example Clubs and Vice, the victim centered approach will be lost. Furthermore men and women who are rescued as part of a brothel raid may be miss-identified and seen as sex workers and / or illegal immigrants rather than victims of human rights abuses.
Additionally, if all the anti-trafficking teams areas of work are placed within other units, who will have the same victim – centered approach to men, women and children who have been exploited in ways other than the sex industry?
I look forward to your response and thank you for understanding my worries.
There is also an e-petition circulating if anyone wants to put their name behind efforts to “Keep the Special Trafficking Unit”…HERE…This is not ours – its actually sponsored by Mary Honeyball, MEP but please pass this onto friends and help us get more signatures!