Andrew Gilbert recently proposed a successful policy on, to "ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings". David Davis has just called for the very same thing.

The Convention – which until now has been resisted by the Government and the Conservatives – would give victims of human trafficking at least a month to recover in Britain and consider helping the police in their prosecutions, before having to leave. Davis said ratifying it was vital for moral reasons, and that he was confident it would have no effect on attracting more immigrants.

The BBC has a useful guide to human trafficking routes (from which the above picture is taken).

Davis also advocated setting up a helpline and building more safe-houses for victims, whilst working to reduce the number of illegal immigrants with a new border police force (classic "And Theory"). Recognising that human trafficking is a widespread form of slavery, he said:

"It is now 200 years since William Wilberforce saw the end of the slave trade in the UK. It is past time that we brought this evil trade to an end. It is a high priority for a moral reason."


The Conservative Christian Fellowship, to whom William Wilberforce is very much a role model, is having a large event to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the trade on March 20th, with speeches from David Cameron and the excellent Bishop James Jones. Three days later the film "Amazing Grace" comes out in the UK, telling the story of how Wilberforce (played by Ioan Gruffudd) managed to achieve his noble objective.

Deputy Editor

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