Victims’ Minister Helen Grant has promised that she’ll do her best “to protect and support victims of trafficking.” She however pointed out that it’s a job she can’t do alone.
The minister made the remarks in a keynote speech at the Anti-Human Trafficking 2013 conference, held at the London School of Economics.
The conference brought together over 200 organisations and individuals who support victims of human trafficking to discuss and share best practice.
It targeted local authorities and was organised by the Salvation Army – appointed in July 2011 by the Government to provide support services to adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales.
Ms. Grant outlined how partnership is at the heart of UK strategy to tackle trafficking. She said: “Local authorities and their partners have a fundamental role to play if we’re to stamp out trafficking and ensure that victims get the support they so very much need and deserve. Tackling and combating human trafficking is very much a joint-effort; no single department or agency can deal with it alone.
“I want to encourage local authorities, and their partners, to see what more we can do together to crack down on this sickening crime.”
She also spoke about how local authorities are intrinsic to stamping out trafficking and making sure victims get the support they need and deserve.
In particular victims who are entitled to stay in the UK and who want to stay in the UK must be able to rebuild their lives and access services provided by local authorities, such as housing support, benefits and other services within communities, Ms. Grant said.
The Salvation Army has a 24-hour confidential helpline (0300 303 8151) for professional advice, support and referrals seven days a week.