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Lynch urges Government to help trafficked people

03 April 2014 | by Liz Dodd | Comments: 0

A CATHOLIC bishop has warned that government policies are leaving victims of trafficking vulnerable to abuse, writes Liz Dodd. His comments come ahead of a major conference on the topic at the Vatican next week, chaired by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.Bishop Patrick Lynch, chairman of the office for migration policy at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, joined charities in urging the Government to extend the 45-day period of support it offers trafficked people. During that time, a victim of trafficking cannot be removed from the UK. “There should be more flexibility in the 45-day reflection period, especially for the most vulnerable cases who will be at high risk if returned to their home country or left completely to their own devices in the UK,” Bishop Lynch sai ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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