Keep trafficking unit, Met urged

Proposals by the Metropolitan Police to disband its specialist human trafficking team have been attacked by several leading charities.

The charities, including the NSPCC and Amnesty International, say the move would be seriously detrimental to the fight against trafficking. They have written to Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson appealing for the unit not to be disbanded. The Met said the team, set up in 2007, had direct funding for three years. A final decision on whether the move will go ahead is expected within weeks.

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