9:41am UK, Thursday November 11, 2010
Lulu Sinclair, Sky News Online
British and Chinese police are joining forces to fight human trafficking in which the notorious Chinese "snakehead" gangs are deeply involved.
Around 1,300 of the people brought illegally into the UK each year to work as prostitutes - half of the annual total - come from China.
The agreement, which will involve exchanges of information and visits, came as a result of the Prime Minister's two-day visit to China.
Police plan to work more closely on tackling issues including kidnapping, extortion and money-laundering.
"China is an absolutely critical partner in our efforts to crack down on the scourge of human trafficking," a Downing Street spokesman said.
"This is a significant milestone in these efforts."
A meeting is being held between British and Chinese authorities later this month to discuss how to improve links, with options for secondments between the two countries.
There has been some UK/China co-operation on police matters in the past and the fresh agreement is designed to take it to a new level.
The Project Acumen study by UK police found that Chinese nationals made up by far the largest group of victims of human trafficking into the country.
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