On 14th March, MP for Enfield Southgate David Burrowes spoke in a debate about the detention of vulnerable people. Mr Burrowes has led the cross-party campaign to ensure detention is a ‘last resort’ and for exemptions for the most vulnerable people. Mr Burrowes efforts led to the Government’s committed to reduce the number of people in immigration detention.
On Tuesday, David called on the Government to speed this process up and said “victims of modern slavery must go free.”
Mr Burrowes highlighted the specific vulnerabilities of trafficked people, including the fact that many fear revealing facts about their abuse. He said “detention assessments focus on immigration factors to the extent that vulnerability concerns are downgraded”. Citing one case, My Burrowes “he has been left with long-lasting injuries and psychological trauma after being beaten by his traffickers. The Home Office accept that he is a torture survivor but have refused to release him. He has been detained for four months.”
The Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, said “Home Office staff working in all immigration removal centres have been trained as first responders to identify signs that individuals may be victims of trafficking or slavery”.
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