Presentation on theme: "Human Exploitation and Organised Crime OCU"— Presentation transcript:
1Human Exploitation and Organised Crime OCU SCD 9Human Exploitation andOrganised Crime OCUInspector Jon Birch2nd July 2010
2Background to SCD9 Trafficking and Immigration review late 2009 Identified duplication of effort between MPS teamsHuman Trafficking Team funding due to endNo single point of contact for traffickingNeed to have centre of excellenceNeed to have strong and clear links with partnersNeed to continue support for other areas of exploitationJoined Specialist Crime Directorate 1st April 2010Single point of contact for trafficking from that date
3Partnership contacts Barnardos NSPCC Children's Society ECPAT Stop The TraffikCroydon Community Against TraffickingLondon CouncilsCEOP – Child Exploitation Online Protection CentreRefugee Counciland many more….
4Trafficking and Prostitution Unit Two proactive teams investigating human trafficking and organised criminal networks controlling prostitutionBrothels team responsible for intelligence gathering in off-street premisesOlympic boroughs team working with five footprint boroughs as 2012 approachesCrime squad assisting borough officers with street prostitution, kerb crawling and carding
5Trafficking and Prostitution Unit Operational priorities:ChildrenHuman traffickingViolence and coercionOrganised criminal networks
6Interventions Intelligence gathering visits to brothels across London Proactive operationsPriority given to operations involving childrenIntelligence - led street sweepsFast - time visits to brothels where children are suspectedPublicity around child sexual exploitation
7A Child’s experienceVictim 16 years old, befriended by male in LithuaniaDeceived into believing male is boyfriend who pays for trip to UK for a ‘weekend break’On arrival in UK he leaves for a meeting and hands victim to ‘friends’ to 'look after her’Boyfriend never seen again
8A Child’s experience Taken to Sheffield with males Threats made to her and her family if she didn’t provide sexual services for moneyMoved from Sheffield and sold to Albanian males in LondonPlaced into brothel in London
9Operational Start Point Police contacted by BBC following concerns by motherwho had reported daughter missing in LithuaniaMother has received money transfer from Hounslow in LondonPolice conduct immediate enquiries and rescue victim from brothel in Hounslow
10Operational Start Point Officers return victim to NGO in Lithuania for safety and conduct full debrief of victimOperation begins to identify traffickers and controllers involvedIdentifies series of brothels in London linked to traffickers of victim
11Investigation Established: Series of brothels identified in Hounslow5 Albanians identified running the criminal network.15 – 20 women working in the premises.Each earning between £300 - £700 a day for traffickers.
12Arrests 21 victims identified and rescued. Other victims identified through debriefs£35,000 cash found in safe house.Money transfers to foreign bank accounts identified and seized.
15Child trafficking case study 1 Identified criminal network recruiting children from AfricaForced into prostitution and worked across the EUUK identified as a trafficking staging postVictim identified in prison for document offences. Attended crown court with agency and assisted victim into accommodation and negotiated withdrawal of document offence chargesArrests and charges anticipated shortly
16Child trafficking case study 2 Identified criminal network within the UKChildren trafficked both within the UK and from outsideVery large sums of money involvedTrial later this year
17Child trafficking case study 3 Victim brought to UK from Africa'Employed' as domestic servantDenied access to passportSleeping on mat on the floorNot allowed to leave house unless escortedLooking after children, cooking and cleaningCharges pending
18Abusive and Extreme Images Unit Proactive team investigating the production and distribution of obscene material, including indecent images of childrenComputer Crime Unit investigating those who share indecent images of children via the internet.
20Operation CaimanOver 250 suspects identified since Jan 2007, including:London arrest for 500,000 indecent images, largest collection found by to date.London – arrest for possessing indecent images. Had also sexually assaulted a 13 year old neighbour and had set up a video camera to covertly film people using his toilet.