Figures provided in the response reveal that a total of 310 applications for discretionary leave to remain were rejected by The Home Offie, along with 65 asylum claims, at around the same time as the government was embroiled in the infamous Windrush scandal. That episode of unjust treatmeny of people brought to the UK as children without going through the correct procedure led to a series of embarrassing reversals for the UK government on their “hostile environment” policies.
The FOI response from the UK Home Office reveals that Theresa May’s government approved only 16 out of 326 applications to remain in Britain made by children officially recognized as modern slavery victims. The immigration status afforded to those on ‘discretionary leave to remain’ gives people a right to a temporary stay in the UK if they have been the victim of extreme hardship.
The case of a Vietnamese child who, according to her foster father, had been the victim of gang-rape by her traffickers, is highlighted in BuzzFeed’s report. The girl had her asylum claims rejected, having fled Vietnam as a 16-year old, and was told she would be sent back to the country of her traffickers, just days after her 18th birthday.
Another case not featured in the Buzzfeed report but featured by this website a few years ago concerned a Romanian teenager who was sold to a trafficking gang by her alcoholic father. Having been repeatedly raped by her ‘owners’ to prepare her for a career as a sex worker she ended up in a massage parlour in the northern city of Leeds, where she was forced to serve up to twenty ‘customers’ a day but saw none of the money her activities earned.
On being rescued in a police operation, she was returned to Romania as an illegal immigrant, where she was returned to her father who, predictably, sold her to the traffickers again. Her story came to light when she was liberated for a second time. That time she was allowed to stay.
The people who campaign so emotively for open borders simply do not understand the realities of life in third world countries or even in the poorer communities of Europe and North America. Human rights are an unaffordable luxury for this who live at the margins of society, and while calls from the likes of Alexandria Occasio Cortez or Owen Jones to open our borders to the world’s poor, it is not a few thousand we are talking about but billions.
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