Brexit might make it harder for human traffickers to get victims into Britain, the National Crime Agency (NCA) claimed on Thursday, August 10. But Will Kerr, the NCA’s Director of Vulnerabilities, said the downside of Brexit could be that it might be harder to co-operate with European law enforcement agencies.
Will Kerr said there had been a big increase in human trafficking and modern slavery cases in the last 12 months, but there was no evidence it was linked to Brexit.
“We haven’t seen an attempt to move people [into Britain] in advance of Brexit, but like many other walks of life we simply don’t know what the impact of Brexit is going to be,” Mr. Kerr told Sputnik.
“But what we do know though is that the information and tools we currently use to disrupt these gangs and identify offenders we are going to need after Brexit as well.
“We are going to need access to intelligence from European partners, we are going to need access to the Schengen information system and all the operational responsiveness and flexibility from partners that we currently get,” Mr. Kerr told Sputnik.
“What impact it’s going to have on numbers we don’t know. It’s possible… that it could make it harder for people to move victims into the United Kingdom. But that’s entirely speculative. We simply don’t know,” he added.
His comments came as the NCA revealed the scale of the modern slavery problem in Britain.