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Departure of expert staff affects Cameron’s pledge to deal with human trafficking

Entire original team of home office changed

17th May 2011: Mass departure of expert Home Office staff and the sidelining of some of the officials  has adversely affected Prime Minister David Cameron’s assurance to deal with human trafficking

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Even though Cameron had over and over again asserted dealing with the issue of trafficking was a priority for the coalition, it has now surfaced that entire original team has changed

The development is significant as only a week ago immigration minister Damian Green had told the Parliament: "The UK is a world leader in its anti-trafficking work, but that does not mean we should stand still."

It is, however, apparent that the meeting of inter-ministerial group on human trafficking has been convened only once; and precise targets for tackling the trafficking issue are not on the Home Office website.

Otherwise also the announcement on four-part strategy to upset trafficking due in March apparently stands postponed and is not likely to appear before June.

A Home Office spokesman, on the other hand, denied delay and added a strategy would be published shortly. The government remained committed to working with their international partners and was seeking the views of expert groups in the UK to tackle this awful crime.

As of now, the UK Government has introduced a National Referral Mechanism to refer and identify victims of trafficking. It has also established mandatory training for all frontline UK Border Agency staff on human trafficking awareness.

Reacting to ‘disturbing’ trafficking case, immigration minister Damian Green added the rights of victims have now been strengthened; and the government is taking positive steps to ensure it remains a world leader in the fight against human trafficking.

His assertion came soon after the case of a Moldovan trafficking victim surfaced. After the victim received damages from the government this week, Green said: ‘This very disturbing case shows why our approach to human trafficking has changed significantly since 2003.

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