On 12 September 2012 the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) published its evaluation report on the United Kingdom.
The report welcomes the Government’s funding to support victims of human trafficking which has been maintained at over £2.75 million per year across the UK. It also highlights numerous positive developments including the creation of the UK Human Trafficking Centre and a National Referral Mechanism for identifying and assisting victims, as well as the adoption of a four-year Strategy on Human Trafficking covering the period 2011-2015.
However, it notes that more needs to be done to ensure that the overall approach is focused on the victims of trafficking and their rights as human beings. Furthermore, concern was expressed on significant numbers of children – including potential and confirmed victims of trafficking – which currently go missing from local authority care in the UK. GRETA stressed that steps should to be taken to address this, including by assigning a legal guardian to all unaccompanied children who are potentially victims of trafficking.
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