Support for victims of trafficking urged

Social services departments should play a more prominent role in
dealing with the victims of human trafficking, say Green Party
members of the London assembly.

Its report, Silent Slavery, calls on the government to
stop viewing the problem of trafficking as an immigration issue and
ensure that victim support is provided by a partnership of social
services and police.

“Social workers should be trained in the realities of human
trafficking and the options for victims such as temporary
residence, legal advice and safe haven,” says the report.

Green Party assembly member Jenny Jones said the “trafficking of
women for sexual exploitation into London is on the increase and
needs to be addressed urgently”. Four out of five women in the sex
industry are from abroad, according to police. 

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