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Child Trafficking

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the future of child trafficking victims after they have been returned to their home countries. (75977)

The Government have not commissioned any evaluation into the futures of child trafficking victims who have returned to their county of origin. However Her Majesty’s Government are aware that children returned to certain countries could be put at risk of further harm, with the likelihood of being re-trafficked. As a general principle, therefore, children will only be returned, where it is considered both possible and safe to do so and only after a full assessment of each case has been thoroughly carried out. Before considering the return of a child, full consideration is given to the Government’s obligations under the immigration laws and the European Convention on Human Rights and the unique circumstances of each case including an assessment of the country of origin.