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PRISON SENTENCES FOR TRAFFICKING YOUNG GIRLS INSUFFICIENT, SAYS UKIP

Prison sentences handed down for the trafficking of young girls into the UK for forced marriages and exploitation are not strong enough to act as a deterrent, says UKIP’s local MEP Louise Bours.

bours-27-04-2015-lo-275According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), in 2013 a total of 600 potential trafficking victims were identified, with 170 of them in the North West of England in 2013*.

The largest numbers in the North West originated form eastern European countries with Hungary (28), Romania (22), and Lithuania (12) topping the NCA’s table.

Speaking to the European Parliament in Brussels (on Wednesday) Ms Bours pointed out that individuals convicted of such crimes faced a maximum sentence of just seven years.

The North West MEP told the parliament that this “is simply not a strong enough deterrent.

“Girls are afraid to speak out, others dismiss it as a cultural practice, and our social services in England, the police, the politicians dare not speak up for fear of being labelled racist.

“The issue of forced marriage does not just affect children living on the African and Asian continents, it is happening across Europe, and the silence surrounding it has many parallels with the exploitation and trafficking of young girls across many towns in Northern England.
“With our open borders, human traffickers have free reign to exploit children – in 2013, over 600 children were trafficked into Britain for exploitation and forced marriage.

“This modern day form of slavery is on the rise – and the EU have given the perpetrators a helping hand by not allowing member states to control their own borders and check criminal backgrounds.”

Ms Bours accused the EU of enabling such crimes to escalate – pointing out that the UK can at least check an individual’s passport, while mainland Europe is prevented from even doing that.

She added: “Criminal trafficking gangs operate with impunity due to EU free movement rules, so whilst members are very good at voicing their outrage at these crimes, they are fundamentally unable to implement anything practical to stop it.”

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Source: http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/399-nca-strategic-assessment-the-nature-and-scale-of-human-trafficking-in-2013/file

EU enabling trafficking of girls

EU enabling trafficking of girls through open borders – Louise Bours MEP

 

• European Parliament, Brussels, 27 May 2015

• Louise BOURS MEP (North West), UK Independence Party (UKIP), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – #LouiseBours

• Debate: Ending the practice of early, forced marriage of girls
– Oral question [2015/2654(RSP)] – Iratxe García Pérez, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (O-000048/2015 – B8-0552/2015)
Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
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Transcript: “Thank you. The issue of forced marriage does not just affect children living on the African and Asian continents, it is happening across Europe, and the silence surrounding it has many parallels with the exploitation and trafficking of young girls, across many towns in Northern England.

UK law imposes a maximum sentence of 7 years on the perpetrators of this crime – and it is simply not a strong enough deterrent. Girls are afraid to speak out, others dismiss it as a cultural practice, and our social services in England, the police, the politicians dare not speak up for fear of being labelled racist.

With our open borders, human traffickers have free reign to exploit children – in 2013, over 600 children were trafficked into Britain for exploitation and forced marriage. This modern day form of slavery is on the rise – and the EU have given the perpetrators a helping hand – by not allowing member states to control their own borders and check criminal backgrounds, the EU is enabling this crime to escalate – the UK can at least check an individual’s passport – mainland Europe is prevented from even doing that.

Criminal trafficking gangs operate with impunity due to EU free movement rules – so whilst members are very good at voicing their outrage at these crimes, they are fundamentally unable to implement anything practical to stop it.”

About Cameron’s GP Pledge

Louise Bours MEP responds to David Cameron’s GP pledge

UKIP Health Spokesman, Louise Bours MEP responds to David Cameron’s GP pledge: “The Tories want people to forget they have been in power for five years already and almost decimated the NHS in that time.

Louise Bours MEP
Louise Bours MEP

“Cameron can offer as many extra GPs as he likes for services at weekends, but without a plan like UKIP has for recruiting the extra GPs, the promise is meaningless.

“Without a better plan for the recruitment and retention of clinical staff all that will happen is that existing doctors and nurses will be put under even more pressure than already are, to chase even more targets and tick boxes.

“UKIP has a range of proposals for the recruitment of nurses and doctors, and the government should adopt them if their promises are not as empty as people suspect.”

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Dear Editor,

This is Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual event which I support as it highlights an area of health which fails to receive the funding and publicity it deserves.

It is so often the Cinderella of the NHS because mental health issues may not as obvious as physical ailments, but they are as every bit as important and debilitating.

They cause anguish for the sufferer and their families and they deserve all the help they need from health professionals but funding issues mean they face long waiting lists for assistance.

This state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue, we have all read of those who took their own lives while waiting for help. Mental health services must be properly funded for the sake of those afflicted as well as society generally.

Yours faithfully

Louise Bours, North West UKIP MEP

Louise on CNN debate

CNN International’s UK Election Debate
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CNN International broadcast a special interactive debate ahead of the UK election, which was broadcast on Friday 24 April.

Conservative peer Baroness Neville Jones, Labour’s Chris Bryant, Liberal Democrat peer Lord Steel, UKIP’s Louise Bours MEP, and the SNP’s Humza Yousaf were quizzed by CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and UK Correspondent Max Foster.

Here are two links to parts of the debate:

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/24/europe/cnn-uk-election-debate/

http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/04/24/uk-debate-european-union-membership.cnn

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