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Hidden nature of human trafficking revealed

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Prime Minister David Cameron and Immigration Minister Mark Harper visited an exhibition highlighting the hidden nature of modern day slavery.

Mark Harper visits trafficking exhibition
Mark Harper visits trafficking exhibition

Immigration Minister Mark Harper was one of a host of high profile MPs including the Prime Minister to visit an exhibition highlighting the hidden nature of modern day slavery.

The exhibition in the House of Commons was designed by young people at the Central St Martin’s College of Arts in London and recorded the invisible nature of victim’s lives and their suffering.

It was run by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Human Trafficking and the Human Trafficking Foundation.

Opening the exhibition, the Prime Minister made it clear that when it comes to human trafficking, the government must ‘crush it, stamp it out and make sure that we look at the rights of those who are affected.’

David Cameron at the trafficking exhibition
David Cameron at the trafficking exhibition

Mr Harper updated organisers on work being carried out both in the UK and internationally to prosecute criminals and stop trafficking gangs in their tracks.

Human trafficking

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

Modern day slavery comes in many forms, in many ways, and we have to have a really concerted approach to crush it, to stamp it out and to make sure that we look at the rights of those who are affected and take a criminal approach to those who are the traffickers and above all call it what it is: slavery.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks about modern day slavery

Immigration Minister Mark Harper added:

Human trafficking is abhorrent and the government is committed to combating this crime in all its forms.

We are already making significant progress in the fight against trafficking.

Investment in training for front line professionals to identify and support victims, our commitment to improving data collection, work with the private sector to protect workers and more personalised care and support for victims are making a real difference.

Exhibitions such as these are vital to bring this crime to the forefront of our minds and help raise that awareness which could make all the difference in cracking down on the criminals responsible.

Last week two new toolkits were launched to help police and healthcare professionals on the front line to better identify and support victims of the crime.

Read the guidance leaflet for healthcare professionals

Find out more about the health toolkit

Published 24 April 2013