Four young women forced into slavery in London by human traffickers have launched a £150,000 High Court damages claim against the Met for failing to rescue them.Yup, they want money from us, and yup, it’s human rights legislation that is helping them in their attempt to get it.
They say officers failed to act on complaints dating back to 1997 and are suing Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson for breach of their human rights.Thankfully, the Met isn’t rolling over (yet):
The Met is contesting the action. It says the women - who cannot be named for legal reasons - did not agree to cooperate, making it difficult to investigate their claims at the time.Of course, the women’s (no doubt legal-aid-funded) lawyer has an answer for that:
The women's counsel, Phillippa Kaufmann, told Mr Justice Wyn Williams that when they went to the police for help there was a worrying lack of concern for the "hugely vulnerable" victims.
She said police had a duty to act and investigate their allegations but did not even take statements from them.
Ms Kaufmann claims the four were brought to the UK as minors unlawfully for the purpose of enslavement. Those who came forward were in fear they may be sent back to their own countries to face trafficking again.So the police are now supposed to what, waterboard them to get them to talk?
Senior Scotland Yard sources said the force had now introduced training for all its officers in dealing with domestic servitude.Just one of the many ‘enrichments’ we have had brought to our country.
Wilberforce must be spinning in his grave…