The UK police are up their game this time with certain issues about authorities, fair fight and criminal updates.
I personally would think this is a whole new change in the UK news. When I read about the interview of Kevin Hyland about modern slavery demands, it is something that everyone should listen to. It is a similar response to other serious crimes.
While listening to interview, he spoke with the press of a need for a “cultural shift” to ensure more perpetrators are caught. Later in an interview with him with the Press Association, he also raises concerns about resources devoted to the problem, describing investment by the international community as “shockingly poor”. I would think it is as well.
Slavery laws in the UK
In accordance to the interview, modern slavery includes forced labour or criminality, domestic servitude and trafficking. As a matter of fact, official estimates suggest there are up to 13,000 potential victims in the UK alone with regards to that issue.
Now, back to the interview, I was still listening to Mr. Hyland who was, at the moment, was appointed as the country’s first independent anti-slavery commissioner just 18 months ago and was spearheaded by the Government’s response. In his latest assessment, he suggested the issue was not receiving sufficient resources.
What does the government think?
In addition to his interview, he also quoted “If we looked across the UK today, what would be the numbers of police officers looking at drugs and narcotics, for example? What would be the numbers that are looking at counter-terrorism? Quite rightly there would be very large numbers looking at both. But if we look at a crime where the commodity suddenly becomes a human being, what are the numbers looking at this crime? I think they would be shockingly low. This needs to be addressed like any other serious organised crime.”
Aside from those side comments he just said in an interview, he also added that if people will look up and down the country, they would find in every policing area s response that’s available to deal with drugs crime, sexual exploitation, volume crime and quite rightly so. I also understand his concern but actually this crime is of such a high risk and so prevalent that forces really need to up their game, not just this time, but every time because it is uncontrollably different these days.
What difference does that make?
You can see in the news that there are organised criminal groups that are estimated to be making 150 billion euros a year from human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labour which quite shocking and surprisingly government cannot do about it. Yet the investment by the international community is shockingly poor, estimated to be in the region of a billion.
Nowadays, we need to keep reviewing and improve our response to the modern slavery as well as tackling the related issues to other forms of serious and organised crime and counter terrorism. We are committed to playing our part in stopping people trafficking and slavery and will continue to work with Anti-Slavery Commissioner to do so.