Good news! They've finally agreed to sign!
It won't mean the end of the global sex trade in the UK of course, nor will it guarantee that women in this situation will be properly protected or that those exploiting them will be brought to justice.
But it's a huge and very important step. Would they have made it without the pressure brought to bear by those who cared enough to support the campaigns and make their feelings known?
According to Tim Hancock, the Campaigns Director at Amnesty International UK:
'Trafficking in people is a vicious and well organised crime which is causing untold human misery around the world and right here in the UK.
The UK signing up to the European Convention will help ensure that victims of this pernicious trade in people receive some protection when they escape or are rescued here in the UK.
It should end the uncertainty victims have faced in the past where they were not recognised as victims of crime and faced possible immigration detention and deportation.
Signing up and guaranteeing protection for these vulnerable people is the right thing for the UK to do.
Trafficking victims who receive protection may also be much better able to help the police with further enquiries and prosecutions.
We look forward to the speedy ratification of the European Convention Against Trafficking by the UK, and the implementation of all its provisions. We need to look at the detail of the government's commitment, which we hope will be more than the bare minimum required by the Convention.'Hear, hear!