Human Trafficking is the third biggest international crime after arm and drugs trading. But in the UK we are currently only reaching the tip of the iceberg and there is much work to be done to win the fight against it.
The unit is essential to this fight, and it is internationally recognised as being one of the best of its kind in tackling this crime.
Excellent work is being done by organisations like the Poppy Project who work with women forced into prostitution once they have been trafficked.
However, human trafficking does not just affect female prostitutes but also those forced into domestic servitude and other forms of forced labour. And catching the perpetrators requires the services of specially trained officers.
You can support my campaign to stop the proposal to close the unit from going any further by signing the petition. The petition will be presented to Sir Paul Stephenson, the Met Police commissioner.