Minister joins councillors and student campaigners to lend support to battle against people trafficking

September 25, 2014 1:17 PM
Norman Baker with Caroline Ackroyd, James Wright and Stop the Traffik

Norman Baker with Stop The Traffik campaigners at City Hall

Home Office Minister Norman Baker has joined Lib Dem councillors James Wright and Caroline Ackroyd and members of the UEA Stop the Traffik Society to highlight the problem of people trafficking and give an update on the progress of the Modern Slavery Bill.

Human trafficking is the second largest form of international crime in the world, with 600-800,000 people trafficked across borders every single year.

Commenting after the visit Lib Dem group leader James Wright said;

"Human trafficking is massive problem, even in developed countries like the UK, but one that often escapes under the radar of public consciousness.

"Norman Baker has been at the heart of efforts to pass the Modern Slavery Bill, which will be a big step forward in punishing those who perpetrate the trafficking of people and making sure that the authorities take every step possible to stop it in its tracks.

"The students in the Stop the Traffik Society have led the way in campaigning on this issue in Norwich and it was great to meet with them and the minister to highlight the issue."

Catrina Betterton, from the UEA Stop the Traffik Society commented;

"Human trafficking is a global evil, and there is a growing consensus between MPs and NGOs on the issue. After meeting Mr Baker, STOP THE TRAFFIK is encouraged to learn of the Home Office's commitment to the bill."