‘Staggering’: UK govt slammed for ‘knowingly’ detaining over 500 suspected slavery victims
Data mapping project, After Exploitation, used a Freedom of Information request to obtain figures from the UK Home Office. It found 507 cases of potential victims of trafficking being held in immigration removal centers during 2018.Also on rt.com UK ‘didn’t understand’ Nigerian society when it said sex slaves return ‘wealthy’ & ‘enjoy status’
After Exploitation say immigration officials have committed “disturbing failings” to protect vulnerable people from “prison or prison-like settings.” They’ve called on the government to urgently address the frequency with which victims of trafficking are detained.
Pierre Makhlouf, assistant director of charity, Bail for Immigration Detainees, labeled the figures “staggering,” claiming that it was evidence the government “knowingly detains victims of slavery on a large scale.”
“All too often victims of trafficking are perceived as immigration offenders rather than victims,” Makhlouf added.
A spokeswoman for the Home Office has insisted that no one is detained who claims to have been trafficked, but that “detention is an important part of the immigration system” that needs to be “fair, dignified and protect the most vulnerable.”Also on rt.com ‘Black history is British history’: Kids should be taught about slavery and the Empire - Corbyn
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