Honeyball’s Weekly Round-Up

Labour Party

Support and interest in preventing human trafficking is growing, a conference of religious leaders, the Metropolitan Police and government officials suggested.

The three organisations joined forces to hold a global conference which highlighted the severity and extent to this truly awful crime.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said that over the last four years awareness had grown and there had been a significant increase in the number of victims coming forward, reaching nearly 400. Although this is a significant improvement its’ merely a fraction of the number (estimated at 13,000) thought to have been trafficked into prostitution or domestic servitude according to a report published by the Home Office.

The conference shared stories of those who have been enticed, sold a dream, a promise of becoming a footballer or other glamorous positions only to be trafficked and enslaved.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said it is essential to build relationships with other countries to achieve the group’s two main objectives: how to deal with victims and how to deal with offenders. You can read more on this here.

Meanwhile, I attended a conference in Munich last week to discuss the report I published last year regarding the Nordic Model of prostitution. The conference included a member of the Bundestarg, academics and women who had been prostitutes. I found the conference both insightful and interesting. It also indicated that that there is growing concern across Europe over the issue of prostitution and like the trafficking conference showed in London these problems are indivisible as victims of trafficking are often forced into prostitution.

In other news, Nigel Farage has upset mothers with comments he made on LBC last week regarding breastfeeding. He suggested that breastfeeding mothers should feed their babies discreetly and sit in a corner of a room to do so.

This obviously led to a barrage of angry mothers criticising his words which he made after the London hotel Claridges asked a mother who was in the hotel’s restaurant to cover up while breastfeeding her baby.

Farage added that a lot of people felt uncomfortable about women breastfeeding and mothers should be discreet.

NHS guidelines however are unambiguous. It states clearly that mothers should be free to breastfeed wherever they feel most comfortable and should not be made to feel embarrassed about doing so.

You can read more on Farage’s comments on breastfeeding here.

In another blunder, Nigel Farage said the heavy traffic of the M4 is as a result of Britain open door immigration policy.

Absurd isn’t it? But it’s true. Nigel Farage blamed immigrants for heavy motorway traffic, claiming it’s what caused him to miss his own ‘meet he leader’ event, because the journey took him six hours instead of four.

Speaking to the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales, Farage said: “That is nothing to do with professionalism, what it does have to do with is a population that is going through the roof chiefly because of open-door immigration and the fact that the M4 is not as navigable as it used to be.”

It’s an absurd statement and suggests Farage is clutching at straws. Making offensive statements and blaming others for his inability to arrive at his own event on time shows the lengths he is prepared to go to. Read the full story here.