The Slavery and Kidnap Unit has been changed to a broader unit on exploitation, the Vulnerability Team. Will the Mayor ensure that the work around slavery in this unit continues to receive the same level of funding?
The Specialist Crime Vulnerability Unit, launched on 3rd June this year, bringing together modern slavery, child sexual exploitation and complex sexual case teams. This is in recognition of the similarities in offending and victim care approach. It provides the Met and London with a far more joined-up and effective approach to tackling organised exploitation. It benefits from increased officer numbers with a total of 142 posts dedicated to targeting these crime types. All officers will investigate modern slavery. This provides a significant uplift in specialist resource targeting this crime type.
The Vulnerability Unit also benefits from a newly formed Assessment and Partnership Team (VAPT) with an additional 47 officer posts. The VAPT will continue to support, increase and build on the many modern slavery-related collaborations the Met partners. It will also ensure emerging modern slavery crimes, such as criminal exploitation, are approached sensitively without criminalising London’s most vulnerable.