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Inquiry fails to find single trafficker who forced anybody into prostitution ...

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DuelingFANGo Thu 22-Oct-09 14:38:40

story

"The failure has been disclosed by a Guardian investigation which also suggests that the scale of and nature of sex trafficking into the UK has been exaggerated by politicians and media"

how odd? or not?

ProfessorLaytonIsMyZombieSlave Thu 22-Oct-09 14:44:20

It does say that people have been arrested and convicted for importing women and forcing them to work as prostitutes, just that none of them was found by this particular enquiry.

DuelingFANGo Thu 22-Oct-09 14:52:39

YEAH, it says

"While some prosecutions have been made, the Guardian investigation suggests the number of people who have been brought into the UK and forced against their will into prostitution is much smaller than claimed; and that the problem of trafficking is one of a cluster of factors which expose sex workers to coercion and exploitation.

Among the 406 real arrests, more than half of those arrested (230) were women, and most were never implicated in trafficking at all.

Of the 406 real arrests, 153 had been released weeks before the police announced the success of the operation: 106 of them without any charge at all and 47 after being cautioned for minor offences. Most of the remaining 253 were not accused of trafficking: 73 were charged with immigration breaches; 76 were eventually convicted of non-trafficking offences involving drugs, driving or management of a brothel; others died, absconded or disappeared off police records.

the reality was that, during six months of national effort, they found only 96 people to arrest for trafficking, of whom 67 were charged.

Forty-seven of those never made it to court.

The end result was that, after raiding 822 brothels, flats and massage parlours all over the UK, Pentameter finally convicted of trafficking a grand total of only 15 men and women"

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