The British Home Secretary Priti Patel believes human traffickers should be able to get life imprisonment, The Times writes.
On Sunday, the Home Office announced that ministers would set out further details in the coming weeks.
“Whilst criminal gangs continue to put lives at risk it is right we consider every option to stop their exploitation of people. The government will set out further details in the coming weeks,” a Home Office spokesperson said.
Human traffickers can currently be sentenced to 14 years in prison in the UK, while the average prison sentence is three years.
A government source told The Times that there are no plans to impose a minimum sentence but that they hope for longer sentences for those currently sentenced to three or four years in prison.
A total of 14,773 people are currently in reception centers in the UK, awaiting either stay or deportation.
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