Human Cost of Trafficking; Call to Tackle 'Modern Slave Trade' Nationally
Byline: MARTIN WILLIAMS
THE 'growing menace' of human trafficking in Wales must be dealt with on a national level and not by local authorities.
That's according to a report released today by Welsh Assembly member Joyce Watson.
The AM for Mid and West Wales has warned that trafficking, particularly of women and children, is happening all over the country, not just in city centres.
Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West, described the problem in Wales as "a growing menace".
Speaking at the launch of her report, Knowing No Boundaries, on how human trafficking is dealt with by councils across the country, Mrs Watson told the Daily Post there is great disparity in how trafficked individuals are treated in Wales. The document highlights examples of where victims have been let down by a system lacking co-ordination and calls for an all Wales Trafficking Joyce Watson AM wants better help for trafficked women and children Director to be appointed who would oversee the implementation of WAG protocols.
Ms Watson said: "The research I have undertaken shows there is a big difference in the way that human trafficking is dealt with across the country. "We received responses which showed examples of tremendous effort and application of procedures, and others which failed to deal with the situation effectively."
"One response asserted the road network was not suitable for traffickers to work in; this lack of understanding of the nature of the practice is deeply concerning."
She added: "It should be made clear that tackling human trafficking can only be done if several agencies work together. …