Addressing a major international trafficking conference in Cardiff organised by BAWSO, the Minster said that Stephen Chapman, a former Deputy Director at the UK Border Agency, Police Superintendant and head of Community Safety and Equality with Cardiff Council has been appointed to this important role.
The Minister said that in creating the post he wanted to make Wales a place that was hostile for human trafficking and that the appointment of Stephen Chapman as Wales’s second Anti-Human Trafficking Co-ordinator would help realise that aim.
Carl Sargeant said:
“Stephen has worked at the sharp end on this issue for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the Border Agency and the Police and has a background working in the equality field in Wales. He will bring with him a wealth of contacts and experience. His commitment to leading the Welsh response is clear.”
“Today I would like to renew my call for the UK Government to emulate our Welsh example. With this being the first role of its type in the UK we have had an opportunity to lead the way in tackling human trafficking and to making Wales a safer place. However we recognise that the key to eradicating trafficking lies in partnership-working at the local, national and international level and this role facilitates this approach.”
The Minister added that the conference was an opportunity for people to consider the scale of human trafficking all over the world, and particularly in Wales.
“The recent reports on human trafficking are a wake up call,” he said.
“They tell us that a culture endures that allows the vilest of crimes to flourish. To end it we have to recognise it and confront it as partners. I have and will continue to fight for this issue to be given the status it deserves locally, nationally and internationally.”
One of the first tasks for the Anti-Human Trafficking Co-ordinator will be to respond to a report issuing a series of recommendations from a strategic round table on Human Trafficking in Wales, launched on the 14th November.