UNITED KINGDOM -
By Polly Toynbee
Desperate to sound tough, politicians are in fact making it harder to improve the plight of domestic slaves in Britain.
Can governments ever be tough enough on immigration? Ask any canvasser and they report grim news from the doorstep: whatever the issue – housing, jobs, benefits – in these hard times the blame has been successfully diverted on to migrants for taking jobs and homes. Tighten the screw, pull up the drawbridge, cut off the attractions that draw them to the UK, but no political action is ever enough to sate the demand for tougher border defences.
Politicians are in fact making it harder to improve the plight of domestic slaves in Britain. David Cameron spoke at the opening of an anti-slavery exhibition in the House of Commons last month, designed to warn MPs of hidden slaves brought in by gangmasters, the trafficked children who vanish and the plight of these domestic serfs.