Following on from Sir Mo Farah’s recent revelations, UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July again shines a spotlight on the prevalence of human trafficking and shows that more must be done to protect victims, and why it’s so important that such victims aren’t removed to Rwanda.
The Law Centre’s Immigration Team regularly represents young people with similar experiences to that of Sir Mo. Many have been disbelieved and let down by the state. For some, the abuse they suffered and resulting lack of care received has left them emotionally damaged and liable to re-trafficking.
Paul Keeley, immigration solicitor, has successfully represented multiple clients over the years where it’s been accepted that the effects of trafficking led to being re-trafficked. He said:
“What Sir Mo’s story highlights so clearly is how victims of trafficking find it extremely difficult to talk about their experiences and how long it can take for them to open up. We may never know who is vulnerable for many years until it is too late. Why would victims of trafficking come forward if they’re threatened with removal to Rwanda?”
Instead of increased deportation, we believe there should be better protection for victims of human trafficking.
“Until we see a more certain route to leave to remain for victims of trafficking, many will have no choice but to remain with their traffickers, as Sir Mo did for so long.”