Current Issues in Human Trafficking

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Date: 02 December 2014
Venue: Room 3B064, Frenchay Campus
Time: 14:00 - 17:00

The Criminal Justice Unit at the University of the West of England welcomes you to this free event.

Human trafficking is a large scale and lucrative phenomenon which requires domestic and international action in order to be effectively tackled. The United Kingdom is a source, transit and destination country for victims of trafficking, and combatting this phenomenon raises a multitude of issues including investigation and prosecution of trafficking activity, and the identification, protection and support of victims. Trafficking is once again high on the domestic political agenda, as the Government embarks on a fresh drive to raise awareness of this activity and to combat it with new legislation. Our speakers at this event, Bernie Gravett and Andrew Desmond, have direct experience in the fight against trafficking and are coming to UWE to offer unique perspectives on their experiences.

Provisional timetable:

  • 14:00 – 15:15: Bernie Gravett to present and take questions from the audience
  • 15:15 – 15:30: Tea and coffee break
  • 15:30 – 16:45: Andy Desmond to present and take questions from the audience

How to attend

This event is free, but registration is required. If you would like to attend, please register using our online form.

Biographical notes

Bernie Gravett

Bernie Gravett is a retired Police Superintendent from the Metropolitan Police. He completed 31 years in the police service in April 2011. He is an accredited expert in combatting transnational organised crime and trafficking in human beings.

Bernie is an accredited expert on the Europol AWF Intelligence system and an accredited Eurojust expert on Joint Investigation Teams and Mutual Legal Assistance.

He is now the director of Specialist Policing Consultancy Ltd. The company brings together a number of organised crime and human trafficking specialists who share the aim of passing on their knowledge and experience with law enforcement, local authority and 3rd sector staff.

The company also specialises in consultancy and specialist training on international cooperation projects and European funding streams for law enforcement.

He is a partner on the EC funding project RACE in Europe delivering human trafficking training to police, prosecutors and NGO from all 28 EU member states. (HOME/2011/ISEC/AG/THB/4000002205)

Bernie has advised the Home Office, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on organised crime, trafficking of human beings and Romanian Organised Crime. He has developed and delivered training for many national and international bodies who are involved in the fight against trafficking.

Andrew Desmond

Andy Desmond, the founding Director of Anti Trafficking Consultants, has over thirty years' experience as a police officer and detective with New Scotland Yard, and is an internationally recognized practitioner in the field of investigating organized international human trafficking.

Andy has extensive experience of investigating trafficking for exploitation throughout the world, including in Albania, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland. He has also worked with victims from China, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo and Vietnam.

Andy's specialist area is Nigerian organized human trafficking, particularly where the victims have been subjected to witchcraft or Juju spiritual oaths. Andy investigated, arrested and successfully prosecuted a member of a Nigerian Organized Criminal Network (OCN) in July 2011 for trafficking young females from Nigeria into the United Kingdom and then onwards to mainland Europe. The case was the first prosecution in Europe of trafficking children out of the United Kingdom for sexual exploitation, and the first prosecution of a Nigerian OCN that had used Juju to silence their victims.

He gives workshop training in human trafficking to frontline practitioners in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and other International Non Governmental Organisations in Canada, South Africa, USA and UAE.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Jessica Elliott

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