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Human Trafficking: UK To Pay Special Attention On Nigeria

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

United Kingdom’s first independent anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland, has said the country would treat as ‘main priority’, the problem of modern slavery involving Nigerians being trafficked to the UK.

Hyland, in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Wednesday, said it was “deeply concerning” that hundreds of Nigerians were brought into the UK every year for prostitution or forced labour, adding that the associated problems of such exploitation were enormous.

Meanwhile, the Home Office has said it was addressing specific issues in Nigeria.

Latest figures from the National Crime Agency show that 244 of more than 2,000 potential trafficking victims referred to the authorities in 2014 were from Nigeria, a 31 per cent increase from the previous year. Campaigners, however, believe that the real figure could be much higher.

“…I think the fact that there is a demand for this kind of exploitation in the United Kingdom really concerns me, that there are people who will want to buy sex, will want to exploit, will want to have children as what are current-day slaves, so that is a really serious problem.” Hyland, who is the former head of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit, told BBC.