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Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

UK: First annual report of the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking

Source: Home Office (UK)

From Executive Summary:

Human trafficking is a global phenomenon and the nature of the crime is such that no one country or agency acting on its own can tackle it effectively.The key to eradicating trafficking is partnership working – at a local, national and international level.The desire of organised criminals to make a profit means that they are constantly changing and evolving their modus operandi to maximise the exploitation of others and to evade law enforcement.The UK must remain alive to this and adapt its response accordingly.The International Labour Organization (ILO)1 estimates that the profits of traffickers world wide are in excess of 32 billion US$ each year. Anti-trafficking actions must therefore seek to recover victims, reduce the profits of traffickers, and increase their risk of capture, prosecution and conviction.

In 2011, 946 potential victims of human trafficking were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). Of these, 634 were females and 312 were males, 712 were adults and 234 were children.The majority of potential child victims were reported to be in the 16–17 year old age category. The most prevalent source countries for potential victims who were referred into the NRM were Nigeria, China,Vietnam, Romania and Slovakia.The most prevalent exploitation type recorded through the NRM, for adults, was sexual exploitation however it is recognised that the incidence of labour exploitation and criminal exploitation is increasing.The most prevalent type of exploitation reported for children was labour exploitation.The recently published UK HumanTrafficking Centre (UKHTC) Baseline Assessment suggests that there could be over 2,000 potential victims of human trafficking in the UK, based on information collected from a variety of other sources.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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