04 September 2015
With several high profile cases hitting the headlines in recent years, trafficking has become an important political issue and the government has been forced to take action to tackle it.
Though human trafficking is already illegal, the politicians hope that a raft of new laws relating to the sex industry will help prevent trafficking and help victims to get the support they need. So what exactly has changed and how will it affect the victims of trafficking and the criminals that control them?
New laws to stop trafficking
In March of this year, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 became law. The act consolidated a series of previous laws that had been designed to prevent trafficking and added a few new ones of its own.
Covering a wide range of issues related to trafficking, the act aims to make it easier for police to punish individuals and businesses that violate the law and to help victims who are trafficked in the UK.
The government is also considering introducing a law that would see the selling of sex completely outlawed. Though some support groups claim this would just drive prostitution even more underground and make victims of trafficking more isolated, others believe it could help to take money away from the traffickers and reduce demand in the sex industry.
Helping victims of trafficking
As people who are trafficked are often under the control of gangs or individuals, it can be difficult for the police and organisations like Doorway to contact and help them.
As many victims of trafficking are not from the UK and are not allowed to learn English, there is also a language barrier that prevents them from seeking help from the police or dedicated organisations.
To combat this, organisations like Doorway have started using facilities that breaks down the language barrier and helps the victims of trafficking to communicate with the people that can help them. Giving victims a voice, this could change the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable residents.
Help and support
Once the victims of trafficking get in touch with organisations like Doorway, there are lots of ways that we can help and support them. From offering them advice on where to get health care and housing to providing emotional support and putting them in touch with help groups and related services.
Not only does this give women affected by trafficking the practical support that they need, it shows them that they are not alone and that there are people working tirelessly to stop trafficking and help its victims.
Call Doorway for free on 0808 800 1030 to find out more.