Simpson co-hosts seminar on issue of human trafficking

Upper Bann MP David Simpson has welcomed the initiative by Soroptimist International and the Department of Justice for tackling human trafficking.

The Upper Bann MP co-hosted a breakfast seminar attended by David Ford, NI Justice Minister, Freedom Acts and representation from each post primary school within Upper Bann.

The resource pack is the first of its kind and is equipped to assist teachers of year 10 and key stage 4 as they raise awareness of human trafficking.

Mr Simpson said: “This vile crime destroys lives and damages communities. It is truly international in its scale, with potential victims identified from over 80 different countries to date.

“Child trafficking victims are brought to the UK for many purposes, including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, benefit fraud, cannabis farming, street begging, theft and shoplifting.

“The greatest numbers of adult victims come to the UK from China, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe; child victims are trafficked in the greatest numbers from Vietnam, Nigeria, China and Eastern Europe.

“The trafficking of vulnerable men, women and children is something that should not be tolerated in any civilised country. Those who engage this modern day slavery should be dealt with severely.

“Teachers are one of the most influential individuals in young people’s lives and I therefore welcome this strategy and was pleased to co-host the seminar.”