New Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Command

01 April 2010

New Scotland Yard

The Metropolitan Police Service has launched a new command to continue the important job of tackling human trafficking and exploitation today, 1 April.

The new command - SCD9, Human Exploitation and Organised Crime - brings together expertise in the fields of clubs and vice, human trafficking and immigration crime.

"It takes bravery and courage to get in touch, but we would urge any person who has been, or is a victim, to speak to us to help bring those who violate and exploit others for their own gain to justice."

The MPS carried out the re-organisation of a number of units to ensure the MPS retains its capability to support and mount investigations against traffickers.

SCD9 will be responsible for investigating the trafficking of adults for sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude where there is a clear link to an organised criminal network.

The new command comprises:

  • The Clubs and Vice unit
     
  • The Human Trafficking Team
     
  • Operation Maxim, which tackles and disrupts organised immigration crime in London, including human smuggling, human trafficking and counterfeit immigration documentation
     
  • Operation Swale, a joint ACPO/MPS/UKBA unit, focusing on those who profit from smuggling and exploiting migrants to the UK, and foreign criminals who cause harm to innocent people as a consequence of their illegal activities.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Martin, head of SCD9, said:

"We know that people trafficking is still under reported and we want to encourage any victims to come forward to help us prevent this horrific crime happening in the future.

"It takes bravery and courage to get in touch, but we would urge any person who has been, or is a victim, to speak to us to help bring those who violate and exploit others for their own gain to justice.

"The new command will benefit from a single command structure for trafficking and the Specialist Crime Directorate focus and specialism on organised crime.

"We have been working closely with partners throughout the reorganisation, listening to any feedback and concerns they may have. We look forward to continuing with these relationships to ensure we provide the best possible service to victims.

"We do, of course, remain committed to tackling vice, reducing serious violence in high-risk licensed premises and gaming establishments, and eradicating obscene publications."

SCD9 will enable the considerable expertise and skills within Clubs and Vice and SCD to be built upon with the benefit of reducing duplication and improving leadership, governance, accountability and clarity for partners and victims.

It now has overall responsibility for:

  • Trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude where there is a clear link to an organised criminal network
     
  • The facilitation of human beings into the UK
     
  • On and off street prostitution
     
  • Obscene publications, extreme pornography and sharing of indecent images of children via the Internet
     
  • Tackling violence and drugs supply within the night time economy
     
  • Tackling violence within promoted music events
     
  • Casino fraud and money laundering
     
  •  Identity document abuse