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Local government statement

Wales will become the first part of the UK where all senior investigating police officers will receive training on dealing with human trafficking, the Minister for Local Government and Communities announced on 6 March 2012.

According to Carl Sageant AM, the training will commence in the next three months and will involve all the Welsh police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The appointment of an Anti Human Trafficking Coordinator, who will coordinate the best possible support for victims and make Wales a hostile place for human trafficking to exist, is also a UK-wide first.

The minister outlined his commitment to combating human trafficking as it is "the cause of much misery and suffering for some of the most vulnerable members in society".

Although there were 34 reported cases of human trafficking in Wales in last three years but the minister believed that this did not reflect the true picture.

As research suggests that major international sporting events promote an increase in demand for paid sex, the minister stressed the need for Wales to be prepared for the Olympics and Paralympics.

AMs from all parties welcomed the minister's announcement and voiced their support for his efforts to deal with the heinous crime.

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