If, like me, you muttered' No!' on reading that, read on...
While it has made life hard for victims of trafficking and people smuggling, the hostile environment has created a fertile environment for modern slavery and those who prosper from it. Traffickers know that the state effectively colludes in keeping their victims silent. Fearful of deportation and the traffickers’ threats, migrant victims of modern slavery are deterred from approaching the authorities – so many disappear into a hinterland of exploitation and fear.
Yes, because we treat criminals as criminals, anything bad that subsequently happens to them is our fault. It's a child's way of thinking.
The hostile environment is a failure of policy and humanity – and a stain on this country’s hard-earned good reputation for tackling modern slavery. We need to see a sincere change of heart and direction from the government, including the institution of safe routes for migration across the Channel and guaranteed support for victims of trafficking from the moment they are identified.
These people won't be satisfied until they've opened up our country to every Third World country that exists, will they?
I commented on this article but it got deleted. Happens a lot with this newspaper.
I simply asked the writer " have you any upper limit with immigration or shall we let the whole of the third world settle here? "
If only we had a conservative politician who would stand up to the doublespeak. I can only assume they are all the same. Otherwise why allow all the "Windrush Scandal" nonsense?
Really struggling to claim victimhood there, aren't they? Those 'victims of trafficking' are presumably, in reality, beneficiaries of trafficking ...
"I commented on this article but it got deleted. Happens a lot with this newspaper."
At least you can comment, however briefly! The 'Guardian' no longer allows comments on anything 'controversial'. Which is 99% of their output.
"I can only assume they are all the same."
Yup! No matter who you vote for, a politician gets in.
"Those 'victims of trafficking' are presumably, in reality, beneficiaries of trafficking ..."
And the flood will continue, while it's rewarded.
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