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GRETA visits the United Kingdom

4.10.2011 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a visit to the United Kingdom from 24 to 28 October 2011. This was the 12th country visit carried out by GRETA in the context of the first round of evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (2010-2013).

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held consultations in London with officials from the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Education, the UK Border Agency, the UK Human Trafficking Centre, the Local Safeguarding Children Board, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service. The GRETA delegation also met members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England.

In Northern Ireland, the GRETA delegation met officials from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the Police Service, the Public Prosecution Service and the Compensation Agency. Meetings were also held with the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland and the Director of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

In Scotland, the GRETA delegation met officials from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and Glasgow City Council. Meetings were also held with members of the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee and representatives of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland and the Office of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation also held discussions with representatives of non-governmental organisations, lawyers and researchers working in the field of action against trafficking in human beings and human rights protection.

Further, the GRETA delegation visited accommodation facilities for victims of trafficking in London, Belfast and Glasgow.

The visit was carried out by Nell RASMUSSEN and Jan VAN DIJK, members of GRETA, who were supported by two members of the Council of Europe’s Anti-Trafficking Secretariat: Petya NESTOROVA, Executive Secretary, and Carolina LASÉN DIAZ.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the UK authorities to GRETA’s questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by the United Kingdom and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the UK authorities for comments, which will be taken into account by GRETA when establishing its final report. GRETA’s final report will be made public, together with eventual comments by the UK authorities.