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Type of document: News
Topic: Actions/initiatives/projects
Law enforcement
Policy and Planning
Trafficking patterns
Geographic descriptors: Nigeria
Language: English
Publisher: news.scotsman.com
Date of publication: 17 November 2004
Long Abstract: Forensic science has established that the boy – named Adam by police – originally came from Nigeria, and it is believed he was the victim of gangs involved in a trade branded “nothing less than modern-day slavery” by Solicitor General Harriet Harman. Today’s Memorandum of Understanding, which will make extradition and prosecution of traffickers easier and allow police forces to share intelligence, follows a visit by Ms Harman to Nigeria last month. Speaking as she signed it today on behalf of the Government, Ms Harman said Britain and Nigeria shared a common goal to “punish the traffickers, protect the victims”. “Our starting point must be that those who are trafficked are victims,” she said. “It is not us who need protecting from them, but they who need protecting from the traffickers. “There is a long tradition of families in rural areas of Western Africa sending their children to the cities to get a better education – for a ‘better life’. But the life that human traffickers into Europe offer is often anything but that. The trade in young women and children brings a life of exploitation. “I am determined that, by working with the country of origin, the Nigerian community here in the UK, and agencies here and in Europe, we will tackle this cruel trade.” Nigerian Attorney General Akinlolu Olujinmi, visiting London to sign the memorandum, said his country would be “unrelenting” in the fight against the people-smugglers. “Human trafficking is indeed a heinous crime,” he said. “It is a violation of the dignity of the human person. It preys on the vulnerability of young women and children, particularly from developing countries of the world. Victims are turned into sex slaves or forced labour. “It is a crime that thrives on the network of traffickers across countries’ borders. The victims need help; indeed the world needs protection from the menace of human trafficking. “The traffickers should not be allowed a safe haven in any part of the world. This is the message and indeed the challenge of the agreement between our two countries.” Commander Andy Baker of the Metropolitan Police, who is leading the investigation into the case of Adam, added: “We welcome this positive move to prevent the misery and horror caused to victims by this despicable crime. “Working closer with our colleagues in Nigeria will fill the gaps that exist. Harm can be prevented and lives saved by such meaningful
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