People trafficking and prostitution

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 2006

The Guardian notes the publication today of a report on human trafficking from the parliamentary joint committee on human rights. There are some startling figures:

“The suggestion that the number of women being trafficked for prostitution into the UK is on the increase seems to be corroborated by the fact that ‘whereas 10 years ago 85% of women in brothels were UK citizens, now 85% were from outside UK’.”

The committee’s report also urges the government to sign and ratify the 2005 Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings – a call that has so far been resisted.

All serious stuff.

So why the hell does the Guardian website insist on illustrating it with that most hackneyed of photo stand-bys, the alluringly provocative stockinged-leg of a prostitute?