- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
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AUTHORITIES across Wales need to work together to tackle the trafficking of women for prostitution in Wales, an Assembly Member has said.
Joyce Watson, AM for Mid and West Wales, has claimed that despite examples of good practice in some parts of the country, there is a poor understanding among many bodies as to their role in tackling human trafficking.
It is claimed that such lack of co-ordination leads to trafficked women being used as slaves, and they are too afraid to contact the police.
She said: “For this problem to be tackled properly, all relevant agencies, such as local authorities, the UK Border Agency, the police and the third sector, need to perform their task effectively.
“All pieces of the jigsaw need to be in place. In my report, Knowing No Boundaries, on how the problem is dealt with in Wales, it was clear that there are examples of where this is already happening.
“However, some authorities demonstrated a poor understanding of the nature of trafficking and its existence in Wales; it is crucial that authorities learn from each other’s experiences and expertise and work together. Whilst this remains the case, trafficked women will continue to be abused day after day and those guilty of organising this inhumane crime will continue to get away with it.”
In her report, Mrs Watson calls for a post to be created to co-ordinate all the relevant agencies and draw upon best practice from around the country.
Nearly 100 trafficked women from Eastern Europe and Asia are thought to be working in Welsh brothels, according to a new police report detailing the extent of people trafficking in Wales.
The figures were released by the police as they revealed that an estimated 2,600 women have been trafficked into England and Wales to work in the sex industry