Trafficking probe backed by MacShane

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AN ANNOUNCEMENT of a new in-depth inquiry into people trafficking and slavery in the UK has been welcomed by a South Yorkshire MP.

South Yorkshire is among areas of the country affected by the problem, which has seen immigrants tricked into coming to the UK for ‘work’ - then being forced to work as prostitutes in saunas and massage parlours.

Rotherham MP and former Europe Minister Denis MacShane said the inquiry, which is due to last for around 18 months, was ‘timely and welcome’.

He said he had been calling for an inquiry for some time.

Mr MacShane said: “I have been campaigning on trafficking ever since I saw with my own eyes in the Balkans as Europe Minister 10 years ago the extent of this evil trade.

“I helped to get the Council of Europe convention of trafficking through the Commons and signed and ratified by the UK.

“But there is still so much more to do.”

The inquiry was launched by Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith and Sheffield’s Brightside and Hillsborough MP and former Home Secretary David Blunkett.