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Under FOI data is probably available on what the unit has achieved in terms of collars felt, but I suspect it is not huge, and the disbanding has been done on basis of low value-for-money. There were 76 raids on special follow-up 'Pentameter Days', over the last few years, but no record of arrests if any. All of which indicates that trafficking insofar as it exists is both rarer and probably deeper than currently understood.

False economy to disband tho' because if ever an area needed specialists it's this. Bet they won't cut the subsidy to the Poppycock propagandists. Abuse of resource allocation to support puritan political agenda. Disgusting.

As for the Olympics what rubbish.

Think this story broke several months ago. Revived by the Grauniad hack needing to fill a column. Shoddy journalism rightly rebuked by the Comments. I'd be mortified if I was her.

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Under FOI data is probably available on what the unit has achieved in terms of collars felt, but I suspect it is not huge, and the disbanding has been done on basis of low value-for-money. There were 76 raids on special follow-up 'Pentameter Days', over the last few years, but no record of arrests if any. All of which indicates that trafficking insofar as it exists is both rarer and probably deeper than currently understood.

False economy to disband tho' because if ever an area needed specialists it's this. Bet they won't cut the subsidy to the Poppycock propagandists. Abuse of resource allocation to support puritan political agenda. Disgusting.

As for the Olympics what rubbish.

Think this story broke several months ago. Revived by the Grauniad hack needing to fill a column. Shoddy journalism rightly rebuked by the Comments. I'd be mortified if I was her.

written by Mary Honeyball, one of HH's disciples who has written numerous such articles about Olympics trafficking bla bla bla

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Think this story broke several months ago.

It did, but apparently the final decision has yet to be made, though will be soon. It's back in the news because a gang of NGOs (including you know who) got together to hype it up again.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/threat-to-police-trafficking-unit-attacked-1798891.html

Some strange bedfellows. Amnesty International alongside the "we're all paedophiles now" NSPCC?

They do make one fair point, though. It seems the Met intend to place all trafficking investigations with the Clubs and Vice unit. One of the objections is that this unit is hardy appropriate for handling "forced labour" or "domestic servitude" trafficking.

Amnesty says: "There's a danger of over-focusing on the fight against trafficking for sexual exploitation, with trafficking into forced labour and domestic servitude being forgotten."

Wonder who's driving the focus on "sexual exploitation"?

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Think the agencies should be kept separate unless they find a significant cross-fertilisation going on between the cockle-pickers and the WG's. Can't see it myself but you never know. Throwing it all into Clubs and Vice sounds like a fudge plan to save dosh.

They've got to be kept specialist because of the underground nature of such trafficking as is actually happening. Not just in terms of training and experience, but because they are going to need years of patient confidence-building if they're going to be able to infiltrate ethnic groups like the guys running the mujra clubs. My hunch is that that is where sex trafficking is likely to be most prevalent, rather than in the normal punting world. A guy from an ethnic community may have a higher loyalty to/fear of that community that prevents him from reporting trafficking, even if he does feel sorry for the trafficked girl.

I also think that a specialist unit might be able to ientify possible informers from the ranks of convicted traffickers and resucued victims, and cut deals in exchange for information that gives a wider understanding of what's happening out there.

But my worry is that by being subsumed into Clubs and Vice, all the expert knowledge currently held will be gradually wasted, while the officers meet the governments targets for action by carrying out raids against easier targets where, although there was never going to be any trafficking, there will be instances of laws being broken that lead to convictions.

So the trafficking will continue and the government will have failed the trafficked women.

Hope Harman is proud of herself.:):rolleyes:

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Pure speculation of course, but perhaps someone in authority thinks it more politically expedient to "rescue" migrant sex workers who may not actually need or want be rescued, than prevent another tragic incident like the cockle-picker deaths. It plays better with press and public to be seen to be saving "exploited" women who can be painted as helpless victims, rather than aiding exploited workers who are perceived by many as "illegal immigrants taking our jobs".

The indispensable Laura Agustin has just reposted one of her older pieces from 2003, because she sees it as ever more relevant. The article focuses on economic migration as a whole, including both sex work and other work, and provides a real insight into the complexities and ambiguities of migration/trafficking.

It also shows how the victimisation/rescue industry (PP et al) disempowers those it claims to be saving in pursuit its own agenda. As LA says, the "victims" are rarely allowed to speak for themselves. And if they are not victims, they must be criminals.

http://www.nodo50.org/Laura_Agustin/forget-victimisation-granting-agency-to-migrants#more-89

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