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  • Operation GOLF – A UK and Romanian Joint Investigation Tackling Romanian Organised Crime and Child Trafficking


    Metropolitan Police Service, UK

    1.665.000€ (998.000€ of EU support)

    December 2007 – December 2009

    Human Trafficking Centre, Romanian National Police

    Objectives and Results
    The aim of the project was to fight criminal networks specialised in trafficking and exploiting children from the Romanian Roma community. The strategic objectives of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) were to:

    • Investigate & prosecute network members both in the UK and Romania
    • Disrupt their activities
    • Identify, restrain and confiscate criminal assets
    • Reduce criminality
    • Minimise the exploitation of victims
    • Improve victim identification and response to child trafficking by police and partners

    The UK investigation has led to the arrest of 87 persons for trafficking, money laundering, child neglect and perverting the course of justice. 272 victims trafficked by the gangs were recovered.

    Training on JITs has been delivered to UK SOCA, UNODC and Europol.

    Publications and Other Resources (selection)

    • Government guidance “Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked”
    • UNODC report “Organised crime involvement in trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants”
    • Society of Local Authority Chief Executives “The role of local authorities in addressing human trafficking”
    • London Safeguarding Children Board “Toolkit for identifying trafficked children”

    Further Information
    Superintendent Bernie Gravett,
    Chief Inspector Colin Carswell,