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This week we learnt of the heartbreaking news that 39 people died in the back of a lorry and were only discovered in Essex at the end of the route. The suffering that these people must have faced is unimaginable.

The barbarism of those who trafficked these people, 28 adults and one teenager, is a demonstration of pure evil. Praying on people’s desperation for profit and undertaking actions that put lives at risk.

I hope that our police have access to every tool imaginable to bring these people traffickers to justice.

During the statement I asked the Home Secretary what work has been done with EUROPOL in sharing information with other police forces in Europe.

For the past three years EUROPOL has worked with all police forces in Europe to tackle people trafficking head on. The information and expertise that they hold will be crucial in tracking down the gangs that have perpetrated this crime.

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The Home Secretary came to the House on Monday to explain what action he had been taking when people we found to be trying to enter the UK through small boats in the English Channel.

I wanted the Home Secretary to tell us how leaving important security measures, such as SIS 2 – a monitoring service we are a member of by being in the EU – will benefit us. It was no surprise that the Home Secretary completely ignored this point and decided to give information on arrests at home.

Modern Slavery is growing around the world and if we do not work with our friends and allies we will be unable to free people from traffickers and the horrors of a life in slavery. The Government must rethink their plans if they don’t they will put people at risk.