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UK MPs launch investigation into Britons trafficked by Islamic State group

A British parliamentary group launched an inquiry on Tuesday into the trafficking of British nationals by the Islamic State (IS) group, hearing testimony from experts who criticised “ad-hoc” policing and urged the UK government to “look at terrorism cases… through the trafficking lens”.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficked Britons in Syria is seeking the repatriation of trafficking survivors currently held in Kurdish-run camps across northern Syria for family members of suspected IS militants.

The cross-party parliamentary group – which is chaired by Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell, Labour MP Lyn Brown, and Lord Jay of Ewelme, a crossbench peer and former head of the diplomatic service – is also seeking to “learn lessons from public authorities’ failure to identify and protect victims of Daesh trafficking”.

Read the full story in Middle East Eye.