Wednesday, January 24, 2007

UK: Blair to Sign Anti-Trafficking Treaty

British Prime Minister, Tony Blair

BRITAIN --
Britain will sign up to a European convention to "stamp out" human trafficking, Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced.

It means trafficking victims will not be immediately deported, but given time to recover and consider testifying.

Mr Blair warned the "evil" of slavery was still around. He was speaking at a Downing Street reception to mark the abolition of the slave trade.

"There are still people that suffer tremendous injustice," he said.

"One of the things that we need to do is remind people this is an evil that is not yet stamped out in our world."

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT News.BBC.co.uk

BRITAIN -- Blair committed to ending 'modern-day slavery'

Victims of sex trafficking will get the legal right to stay in Britain temporarily under plans to be unveiled by Tony Blair to encourage women to testify against their captors.

The Prime Minister will say fears that such rights could encourage immigration are overriden by the need to tackle a modern-day form of slavery. He will outline his views at a Downing Street reception tomorrow [Monday, Jan. 20] to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade, emphasising the parallels between historical and modern forms of exploitation.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT Politics.Guardian.co.uk

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