Friday, 20 May 2011

Police to pay damages for women 'held in slavery'

Four Nigerian women "held in slavery" after being illegally trafficked into the UK were awarded a total of £20,000 damages today by a High Court judge who concluded that police had breached their human rights by failing to investigate complaints.

They complained that the Metropolitan Police had infringed their rights under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by failing to investigate over a "significant" period of time.

Solicitor Tony Murphy added: "The (police) commissioner should not require a court judgment to appreciate the importance of investigating child slavery. His decision to fight this case sends a dangerous message to officers that combating human trafficking is not a priority for the Met."

My comment: No doubt the Met Police, like all Police forces, prefer to investigate cases similar to these,  the theft of half a bottle of wine from an MP, a serous crime reported by councillor, emails sent by a councillor, another serious crime reported by a councillor, or even yet another serious crime reported by a councillor.

Read the full story from the source The Independent

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