“We are not going to prosecute you for prostitution, we are not going to prosecute you for being an illegal migrant where it is clearly shown that you are, that you’re a slave, that you are being trafficked, that violence is being used against you” is the main message they want to send to victims, Hogan-Howe explained.
Now “you have many people who are starting to believe that’s true, because sometimes people don’t,” the commissioner continued, “so we’re getting over that message. We’re here to help, and we’re here to sanctuary.”
Touching on his hopes for the fruits of these conferences, Hogan-Howe noted that a key goal is to find more practical ways for police to work together in different countries, and to have more people come forward for help.
“Instead of seeing only one percent of the victims come forward, we’ll see a hundred percent.”
Cardinal Nichols echoed the commissioner, saying “we must begin to evaluate and see how effective our practice is.”
“Step by step these meetings are getting more into the details, more into the practice and more into the sharing of what is operationally successful.”