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THIS WEEK’s revelations in the Daily Telegraph and More 4 news of the disappearance of two-thirds of the migrant sex workers “rescued” in the UK’s ‘Pentameter’ anti-sex trafficking raids comes as no surprise.
The two Pentameter inquisitions, in 2006 and 2008, involved all 55 UK police forces and rendered coituses interuptus from Lands End to John O’Groats, as well as in Ireland. There were some 1,300 raids on premises, largely brothels, but a mere 255 women “rescued” were deemed trafficked – a tiny fragment of the 4,000 supposed sex trafficking victims the Home Office had promised in its dodgy dossier.
Of those 255, only 37 – less than 15 percent – accepted offers of support. Another three dozen returned to their home countries voluntarily, while 16 were deported.
The remaining 166 (65%) refused offers of help and left the police facilities, their whereabouts now unknown.
The Home Office stated that due to the nature of trafficking, “a significant number of victims are unwilling to engage or accept support.”
But their reasons for declining help are controversial…
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