British, Chinese police to cooperate more closely: officials

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Police in Britain and China are to cooperate more closely to tackle issues including human trafficking, British officials said Thursday.

Other areas to be covered by the agreement, announced after Prime Minister David Cameron's two-day trade visit to China, include anti-kidnap and extortion training and measures to tackle money laundering.

China is the single largest source of human traffic into Britain, British officials said, citing figures saying half of all women brought into England and Wales for sexual purposes -- around 1,300 -- are from China.

Officials from the two countries are due to meet in London on November 22 and 23 in the next step of the agreement. Secondments, training and information sharing are all part of the deal.

"China is an absolutely critical partner in our efforts to crack down on the scourge of human trafficking," a spokesman for Cameron's Downing Street office said. "This is a significant milestone in these efforts."

Cameron is in South Korea for a G20 summit in Seoul.

© 2010 AFP

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