Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking

The prime minister today insisted the Government was uncompromising in its position on cracking down on human trafficking.

The prime minister today insisted the Government was uncompromising in its position on cracking down on human trafficking. He was responding to acting Labour leader Harriet Harman’s questions on whether he would reconsider opting in to the European directive on human trafficking in their final PMQs together. David Cameron said the Government will “look into” the European Union directive on human trafficking again, but also that the proposed law does not include anything that is not covered by British law already.

Ms Harman, however, accused Mr Cameron of “pandering to the Tory right” – giving ground to Eurosceptics who claim Britain’s sovereignty is being lost to the EU. The directive proposes common legal standards for prosecuting sex traffickers and those involved in exploiting children. It also proposes greater protection for the victims of international human trafficking.

Earlier this month, Left Foot Forward highlighted the importance of signing the directive. Conviction rates of human traffickers have remained low: in the first six months of this year, only five people were sentenced according to the UK Human Trafficking Centre. An international conference held by the Crown Prosecution Service called for neighbouring EU states to work together in the fight against the crime.

Former Europe minister Denis MacShane recently wrote to the deputy prime minister saying:

“Women in particular will be alarmed to learn that the Liberal Democrats are willing to support these efforts to weaken the directive. It is the wrong signal to send to the pimps and traffickers.

“I hope you can persuade the prime minister to drop his opt-out policy on this welcome effort to combat sex-slave trafficking.”

16 Responses to “Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking”

  1. TUCGlobal

    RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking: http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ reports @clairee_french

  2. Shamik Das

    Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking: http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ reports @clairee_french on @leftfootfwd

  3. Marjory Smith

    RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking: http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ reports @clairee_french

  4. Gordon Gibson

    RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking: http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ reports @clairee_french

  5. Cliff James

    RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ

  6. Simon

    When you cite the low conviction count for human trafficking you assume there is a lot that goes undetected. Is there evidence that this is the case? I have read some strong criticisms from good sources that the methods to assess the extent of human trafficking for the sex industry are very poor.

    Its still doesn’t make sense to me that the Coalition think that its argument stands scrutiny: If we are already conforming to the EU directive then why not join it? We would have nothing to lose and perhaps might gain by being part of a more effective front against these crimes.

  7. Claire French

    RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ

  8. Will Straw

    RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ <Good digging by @clairee_french

  9. Fabian Guy Neuner

    RT @wdjstraw: RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ <Good diggi …

  10. Lynda Waltho

    RT @wdjstraw: RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ <Good diggi …

  11. Claire French

    @bloooped no haha. but she used three of four questions on it. http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ 🙂

  12. Marc Lungley

    RT @wdjstraw: RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition still planning to opt out of directive on human trafficking http://bit.ly/aIyzAZ <Good diggi …

  13. Mr. Sensible

    Simon you took the words off my keyboard.
    🙂

    If we are already sticking to the principles of the Directive, we should surely just join it?

  14. Julene

    The Government just cut funds to the UK Human Trafficking Centre!

    I’m trying to help them out with this concert raising awareness on human trafficking. Head of Human Rights at the commonwealth is giving the key note speech. Check it out

    http://www.cadoganhall.com/showpage.php?pid=1359

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