ONE of Burton’s Euro MPs will host a conference which aims to tackle human trafficking.
Politicians and experts in the field will discuss possible strategies at the summit which will take place in the European Parliament today.
Nikki Sinclaire, West Midlands MEP for the We Demand a Referendum Party, who is driving force behind the conference, said human trafficking is ‘a very real problem’ in the UK and Europe.
She said: “We must do more to identify those who are the victims of human trafficking, and new measures that could be implemented to prevent these crimes happening.
“Modern slavery exists in the UK and destroys lives. It manifests in an appallingly wide range of forms.
“Adults and children - UK nationals and those from abroad – are exploited in the sex industry, through forced labour, domestic servitude in the home, and forced criminal activity.
“I am very proud to host this event and I hope that we can raise awareness for an issue that is often misunderstood, even by social care professionals.”
In 2009, the UK adopted a national referral service to identify potential victims of human trafficking. There were 407 referrals in the first quarter of 2013.
As of July 2013, the most common countries of origin for people referred were Albania, Nigeria, and Poland.