Target: Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Immigration
Goal: Do more to protect vulnerable women and children who are trafficked into the U.K. from Vietnam.
Many Vietnamese victims of human trafficking are being deported from the U.K. before being identified as victims of modern slavery. The Vietnamese are considered one of the most vulnerable groups for trafficking, yet they are only half as likely to be given protection as other groups. Without protection, they are likely to fall victim to an industry that forces them into slave labor and prostitution.
Those that are trafficked into the U.K. are in debt the moment that they arrive. They are told that they will find good work in their new country, but the cost of their journey is expensive and must be paid off. Many of the jobs they are forced into are illegal. Some are tortured and raped. They are then caught, convicted, and deported only to be trafficked again, so they can pay off their debts. It is thought that there are as many as 3,000 Vietnamese children working as modern slaves in the country.
A person who escapes this kind of hell should not be deported to face it again. They need support and protection.
The government of the U.K. has estimated that there are around 13,000 people living in modern slavery in the country today. More must be done to put an end to this barbarity. Sign this petition to tell the government to protect these people from facing being trafficked again.
Dear Minister Goodwill,
More must be done to protect people that have been trafficked into the U.K. from Vietnam. A report has emerged that the Vietnamese, who are considered one of the most vulnerable groups, are only half as likely to be given protection as other groups. Without protection, they are likely to fall victim to an industry that forces them into slave labor and prostitution.
Human trafficking is one of the most reprehensible crimes in a democratic society. We cannot allow people to be vulnerable to traffickers again, if we have the ability to stop it. More must be done to identify victims of this cruel industry and prevent their exploitation.
The government of the U.K. has estimated that there are around 13,000 people living in modern slavery in the country today. Please, do more to protect and support these people, so they do not end up becoming victims of trafficking again.
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