Joint statement regarding changes to the detention of vulnerable people, made without Parliamentary scrutiny, which specialist organisations predict will result in more trafficking victms being held behind bars:
After Exploitation, AIRE Centre, Anti Slavery International, ATLEU, AVID, Bail for Immigration Detainees, ECPAT, Equality Now, Focus on Labour Exploitation, Freedom From Torture, Freedom United, Govan Community Project, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, Jesuit Refugee Service, Kalayaan, Medical Justice, Migrants’ Rights Network, Scottish Detainee Visitors, Unseen UK, Women For Refugee Women
Effort would be better spent on international co-operation on nailing & jailing the traffickers, and their customers, the people who provide the market. In reality, the people who are the market are the worst of all, take away the market the problem reduces, goes away. How much more cost to the British taxpayer is there in keeping even more people, who are the victims, not the criminals, in Jail?
This seems like a particularly stupid idea by some power-hungry little, or group of xenophobic little twats.
The fact that such a significant change can be made without reference to Parliament & largely out of the public eye is a very worrying development in Britain. It’d the sort of thing you might expect in Russia, China, and a list of other places, and now you might include America.
NOT what you would expect in a “civilized” country.
Yes, there is a problem that needs to be tackled but jailing victims for being victims? Nest thing they will be jailing normal citizens for allowing themselves to be robbed on the street or burgled at home with this sort of thinking!